Riverside in Guildford

There’s nothing more relaxing than a day by the river! Whether you’re walking the towpaths, or picnicking on the riverbank the tranquil waterways in and around Guildford are a great place to unwind. 
River Wey Passing through the centre of Guildford, the beautiful River Wey is an oasis of calm just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the busy High Street. Watch a narrow boat travel through Millmead Lock whilst savouring a picnic or sip a cold beer in one of the Riverside Pubs. Stroll along the towpath and see spectacular views of heathland, woodland and water meadow, keeping your eyes peeled to spot the wide variety of wildlife who have made the riverbank their home. 
Dapdune Wharf: Predating the canal age by over 100 years, discover the history of the River Wey Navigations at this hands-on National Trust venue in Guildford town centre. Take a relaxing trip on the Electric Launch and listen to the Volunteer Skippers tell tales of the history of the waterways.  


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Simple riverside pleasures This is a place where past meets present, rural tranquillity meets urban heritage and people meet nature.  Here history is brought to life, wildlife is truly wild and you can often expect the unexpected. Set in four acres of grounds in the heart of Guildford, Dapdune…

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