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Rivers and Canals in Surrey

The River Thames travels along the north of the county and here you will find Runnymede Meadow, the site where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215. Take a walk along the Thames Path and enjoy the wildlife, cafes and pubs that are dotted along the way.

The River Wey is Surrey’s oldest waterway and it flows from the Thames at Weybridge through the heart of Surrey for 20 miles into its rural landscape. You can learn more about the River Wey Navigations, one of the National Trust’s most unusual properties, at Dapdune Wharf.

The Basingstoke Canal was originally constructed in the 18th century and was re-opened as a fully navigable waterway in 1991.

Alternatively, visit the River Mole by taking a walk along the Mole Gap Trail, which links the market towns of Leatherhead and Dorking. It is an idyllic walk along the riverbanks, past the great estates of Norbury and Cherkley.

  • Farncombe Boat House

    Enjoying a day out of the River Wey

    Location: Godalming

    The River Wey is often described as Surrey’s best kept secret and the prettiest stretch is between...

  • Dapdune Wharf

    Dapdune Wharf

    Location: Guildford

    A series of interactive exhibits and displays allow you to discover the fascinating story of...

  • Basingstoke Canal Centre

    Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre

    Location: Camberley

    The Basingstoke Canal Centre is a great place to relax or find out more about Surrey and...

  • Godalming Packetboat Company

    Horse-drawn narrow boat

    Location: Godalming

    Unusual river trips along the River Wey on the traditional horse-drawn narrow boat 'Iona'. Please...

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