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The Basingstoke Canal and the River Wey - 10 miles no hills

  • 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.

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  • Louisa

    We so enjoyed the day. A lovely walk along tranquil and scenic waterways in beautiful weather with a warm and welcoming group, is pretty great. Thanks to all.

    July 15, 2013

  • Margaret W

    Sore feet and legs don't want to walk - but it was worth it. A lovely day in lovely weather with an exceptionally lovely group of people. Looking forward to another. (And my poor dog is looking at me miserably because I've told him tonight's walk is off the agenda)

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Thanks Tom, lovely weather has become the norm recently and you even managed to bag an ice cream van at the pub, comments last week about the missing ice cream listened to, couldn't ask for more. Great walk!

    July 14, 2013

  • Claire

    Brilliant walk - thanks Tom for organising - lovely company, lots of laughs!

    July 14, 2013

  • Jay

    Have to admit I couldn't have thought of a better way to spend my Sunday - I really enjoyed it and enjoyed meeting everyone - Star is now flat out, hope to see you all again soon

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Matthew K.

    It was glorious. Wonderful weather, trees, water and fantastic company. Couldn't ask for more. Great to meet you all - and look forward to doing it all again soon!

    July 14, 2013

  • Jay

    Already at the train station, what a lovely day, I have one excited pup, never been to woking before let alone walked around this area, lookin forward to meeting you all and so is Star ( my dog )

    July 14, 2013

  • Agin

    is there any contact number in case I'm in the wrong place?

    July 14, 2013

  • Agin

    I just got off the station- I hope I'm waiting in the right spot - I followed 'way out' signs and I'm under a canopy but I have no clue if it's town side? By the way, I got here early so I thought i can walk it to the meeting point but postcode points out to the middle of the park and also I couldn't work out how to go across to the other side of the station so I guess I will just wait here till 10.45...

    July 14, 2013

  • Tina K.

    Sorry it's just too hot for me

    July 13, 2013

  • Margaret W

    Will also meet you at Woking Station

    July 13, 2013

    • Jay

      Me too, woking station, looks like i'l be an hour early :-)

      July 13, 2013

  • Caroline C H

    Will meet at Woking train station

    July 13, 2013

  • Caroline C H

    Will meet at Woking train station

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, the weather forecast for Sunday is for a very warm day, up to 27C. Much of the walk is shaded under trees but there are some exposed sections, so bring sun cream and plenty of water!
    Tom

    July 12, 2013

  • Jay

    Will be bringing my dog, anyone meet me at the station?

    July 12, 2013

  • Jay

    Will be bringing my dog, anyone meet me at the station?

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We'll meet you at Woking station, a few other people are coming by train.

      July 10, 2013

  • Jay

    Are dogs okay on the walk? If so what train station is everyone meeting at?

    July 10, 2013

    • Jay

      Lol scrap that - guess this will be my first meetup :-)

      July 10, 2013

  • lynne f.

    Sorry stuck with mother again - v. disappointed, and I'm missing that great pub!

    July 9, 2013

  • Justine C.

    Apologies, I have to drop out due to work commitments. Have a good walk!

    July 7, 2013

  • Kevin

    I will take the train from Surbiton, see you at Woking station

    July 5, 2013

  • Matthew K.

    And following on from yesterday, this will be my second! This is my territory, it's a beautiful walk.... Looking forward!

    July 2, 2013

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