Distance 6 miles (9.66 km) Duration 3 hrs Calories 900 (est.)
An enchanting woodland, National Trust mill, a waterway with a commercial past, a Second World War defence system, ancient spring, 14th-century chapel and historic pubs make the River Wey walk perfect for lovers of history and the countryside. If you are looking for a walk that combines wonderful views with a tranquil riverside stroll and distinctive historical points of interest then this is for you.
The ‘River Wey and Godalming Navigations’ offers an insight into the industries that existed in the area during the last 400 years. This waterway was an important commercial transport route, connecting to the River Thames. Today, it offers a lovely setting for many leisure activities, such as walking, running, cycling, canoeing and boating. On occasion, you can also see barges being hauled along by a horse as they would have been in days gone by.
Starting at the free car park for St Martha’s Hill, this 6 mile tour takes you through Chantry Wood, down to Shalford, along the River Wey to Guildford and then returns using the North Downs Way. There are three pubs marked on the route where you can stop off for refreshments. There is also parking at Shepherd’s Way in Guildford if that is a more convenient starting point. The estimated calorie count for this tour is 900 kcal.
The tour uses pavements/roads and well-marked pathways, and there are some steps to climb, as well as a few gentle ascents and descents. Some stretches may be wet/boggy, so be prepared.
Shalford Mill is only open a few days a week; if you would like to visit as part of your tour, please visit the National Trust website (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shalford-mill/opening-times/) for opening times.
Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area:
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