River Wey

We’re on the River Wey, filming for the planned River Wey and Basingstoke Canal DVDs.  With the recent wet weather it’s been a nightmare finding opportunities to film when the River Wey wasn’t in flood.  In the end, Monday and Tuesday provided enough great sunshine to film the River Wey.

Thames Lock
Thames Lock.

The River Wey joins the River Thames just below Shepperton Lock.  The last lock on the River Wey, as the water flows, but the first to be met by most boaters is Thames Lock.

Thames Lock flowerbed.
Thames Lock flowerbed.

The attractive Thames Lock is staffed, and we received a very friendly greeting from the Lock Keeper and her assistant.

Mills at Coxes Lock.
Mills at Coxes Lock.

Former mills at Coxes Lock provide an impressive sight.

Pyrford Lock.
Pyrford Lock.

Spectators at Pyrford Lock are dispersing as we leave the lock.  They were all keen to photograph us and a lovely couple who used to own their own boat offered to help to make our life easier.

Walsham Gates.
Walsham Gates.

Walsham Gates is one of two flood locks along the river and we were pleased to find it open.

Papercourt Lock Cottage.
Papercourt Lock Cottage.

With so many attractive lock cottages at the sixteen locks it’s difficult to know which to film.

Stoke Lock.
Stoke Lock.

Another attractive cottage in a different setting at Stoke Lock.

Godalming.
Godalming.

We paused at Godalming, squashed in close to the winding point at the corner marked by the white line, but not so close we block its use.

Limit of Navigation.
Limit of Navigation.

The limit of navigation is just beyond, at Town Bridge in Godalming.  This is the most southerly point boats can reach on the connected waterway system.

Yes, it is us.
Yes, it is us.

Yes, it really is our boat at the most southerly navigable point on the connected canal system at Godalming.  We’ve previously reached the other compass point extremities so we’ve done them all.

  • North – Tewitfield on the Lancaster Canal
  • South – Godalming on the River Wey
  • West – Llangollen on the Llangollen Canal
  • East – Brandon on the River Little Ouse (also known as Brandon Creek)

We’re moored at Dapdune Wharf overnight and will be gradually making our way back downstream to Woodham Junction at the start of the Basingstoke Canal, ready to film that when the weather improves.  Looking at the forecast that might be a long wait.

Map Updates – June 2016 – Issue 51

I’m pleased to announce the June 2016 updates to my cruising maps are now available.

Extract from Ashby Canal Map
Extract from Ashby Canal Map

You can see a full list of the latest issue of the maps, but those with significant changes this month are:-

Remember, you can update your map to the latest version – free during the first year and a small charge after that.  You can also upgrade to a larger map.  Just email paul@waterwayroutes.co.uk with details of your existing maps for a no obligation quote.