The Wey & Godalming Navigations

24-27 October 2003

A long weekend on the River Wey and Godalming Navigation...

Just before dawn on the northern end of the Godalming Navigation, on the southern edge of Guildford, our mooring spot for Friday night.

During Saturday, we reached Woodham Junction, where the Wey Navigation meets the
Basingstoke Canal - a lovely rural canal junction?

Well, not quite. Here the main Waterloo to Portsmouth railway line crosses the Wey as the Navigation heads south

And a view north towards Weybridge shows the enormous viaduct of the M25 crossing the canal and shattering any illusions of rural peace. However, this short section apart, the waterway is very rural and scenic.

On Sunday morning, a scene at Walsham and one of the flood locks on the Wey

Smoke rising from a moored boat shows that not everyone was up before dawn

But what a beautiful day they are missing

Henry enjoying the sunshine

Another boat heads towards us on this cold but clear morning

Lucy and our boat Jasmine II in Newark Lock, with the remains of Newark Priory behind

The dogs take a rest while the lock fills

The cascading weir at Papercourt Lock is a delightful scene

Lucy brings Jasmine into the lock

As we continue our journey back towards Godalming, horses graze by the water's edge

Lucy steers Jasmine through Guildford

We leave St Catherine's Lock behind, now back on the Godalming Navigation

Lucy and the dogs in the late afternoon sunshine

Broadford Bridge is very low, with a maximum of 6'4" of clearance

Lucy at the tiller crouches down ...

...and springs back up like a jack-in-the-box!

Henry looking grumpy, but he's cheerful really!

Passing the junction with the derelict Wey & Arun Canal, the focus of a long-term restoration project to rebuild "London's lost route to the sea" at Chichester

George and Henry watching the world go by, and provoking a lot of "Aaah" noises from walkers on the towpath

Henry the figurehead

The autumn colours are lovely this year

The sun sets as  we approach our mooring at Manor Inn on the outskirts of Godalming

On Monday morning, Henry is back on his favourite spot - if he wasn't able to see everything that was going past, he would pace from side to side of the boat to make sure he wasn't missing anything

Jasmine waits for us to take her back to the boatyard



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