Jul 14, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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This is one of the nicest Surrey walks I know, as it takes in two of the most beautiful waterways in England.
The Basingstoke Canal dates back to the 18th century, and after a period of dereliction in the 20th century has been lovingly restored into a 32-mile long idyllic amenity. On this walk we are exploring the first 4 miles or so between Woking and the junction with the river Wey.
The Wey Navigation is the oldest canal in Britain, dating back to the 17th century, and is equally idyllic.
We are starting from Woking early, so we can get to our pub lunch stop at the Anchor in Pyrford before it gets too busy. Keeping a good pace we should be at the pub by about 12:30, and after a good break we will head back towards Woking through very pleasant woods and fields until we join the third waterway of the day, a peaceful stream that brings us back into Woking Park.
The walk is a good 10 miles long, but has virtually no climbing, and uses easy paths, so would be easy for anyone fit. There should be about 4.5 hours of walking, so we should be back in Woking by about 16:00.
Parking: there is free and unrestricted parking in Woking outside the town centre at weekends. There is no parking on White Rose Lane itself, but parking spaces can be found on nearby streets such as Ashwood Road and Hill View Road.
By train: we will be going through Woking train station and the town centre on the way to the Canal, so if you are coming by train there is no need to walk to Woking Park, as we can meet you in front of Woking train station, town side, under the big canopy, at about 10:45am.
Dogs are very welcome on the walk.
£2 fee for the meetup costs.