Rivers and Canals

The River Wey runs through Guildford, creating an oasis of calm for walking, picnicking and boating

River Wey and Millmead Island

The River Wey passes right through the centre of Guildford, creating an oasis of calm whether you are sailing on it, or walking along the tow path.

There are many trails along the riverbank, looked after by the National Trust.  Download the Hand Held Tours App for free to follow one of the River Wey walks.  The River Wey and Millmead Island are ideal picnic spots where you feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the town just a few hundred metres away.

Explore Dapdune Wharf to discover the history of the River Wey and Wey Navigation.   You can take a boat trip from here (Thursdays to Mondays during open season and all week during August) .  Each trip is about 40 minutes long, taking you at a slow pace into the town centre, passed the old wharf.  Trips leave every hour from 11.15 in the morning.

You can also take a boat trip on the Wey and Arun Canal.  They have three boats with regular trips throughout the summer season, but do search our events pages for special cruises for Easter, Christmas, Pimm's Cruise, Afternoon Tea cruises and themed cruises for children including Pirates and Princesses.  As part of their project to restore the river from the River Arun to the River Wey they have created Hunts Nature Park, an oasis of calm and wildlife along the 'wey'.

Small groups, including group members in wheelchairs or with other disabilities can take the Swingbridge Boat from Dapdune Wharf between June and October. 

Holiday boats can be hired from Farncombe Boat House near Godalming - a perfect way to unwind on a short break and explore the countryside from a completely different angle. You can really step back in time with horse drawn barges from Godalming Packet Boat Company

Within an easy drive of Guildford you can reach the River Thames where you can take a French Brothers Boat from Runnymede to Windsor.

The Basingstoke Canal runs through Woking with many activities taking place throughout the year and boat hire available from several points along its route.

Whether you choose to sail or walk along the riverside, be sure to stop off at some of the pubs you will find along the way.  Look at our for information on kayaking and canoeing too.