Wey Navigation Guildford to Ripley

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Submitted by stevecumber on 30 April 2013
OS Explorer Map: 145 - Guildford & Farnham
 
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A linear, half-day riverside walk in England starting at Guildford Station, Surrey, about 13km (roughly 8 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.

A flat riverside walk suitable for all ages. The contrast between city and countryside is very apparent on this walk.

Start: Guildford Station, OS Grid: SU992496
End: Ripley, OS Grid: TQ051567
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 49m (163ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 110m (361ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 60m (198ft)
Max. Elevation: 50m (164ft)

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OS Grid: SU992496
Upon leaving the station turn left then left again to reach the River Wey Navigation. Turn left onto the towpath and walk in a northerly direction.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SU990509
Continue along the towpath under the A3 Bridge. Continue under another road bridge shortly afterwards and carry on to Riverside Park Nature Reserve
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TQ010527
At Jacob's Well we pass close to the A3 again but after the weir at Broadoak Bridge we head out into the countryside proper.
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TQ016560
Eventually you reach the New Inn at Cartbridge. The Navigation turns sharp right here and continues across a very flat landscape.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TQ039574
At Newark New Bridge you can see the remains of Newark Priory in the field opposite. Leave the Navigation here and follow the road passed the sewage works down into Ripley Village
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TQ051567
Ripley is full of pubs or teashops so celebrate with an end of walk lunch here. To return to Guildfors go to the Post Office and catch the 462, 463 or 515 buses.
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Andrew M  commented on 13 January 2014
Nice, but not great
It's a nice walk, but not a great one. It's very convenient and easy to follow, but is only as scenic and interesting as a flat riverside walk from town to village will allow. The priory ruins at the end are nice, though. So, in summary, good to do once, but probably not again.
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