Three tours on the lower reaches of the Wey Navigation passing the historic Newark Priory and New Inn pub at Send
Did you know that the term “stiff drink” originates from the use, in earlier years, of The New Inn at Send as a temporary mortuary? Funerals were sometimes held in the pub and mourners would quaff drinks over the body. Mine’s a Bloody Mary barman!
The metaphysical poet John Donne lived at Pyrford Place. He was Dean of St. Paul’s and was known for his mesmerizing sermons and preaching style.
We will be passing the ruins of Newark Priory, a twelfth century Augustinian priory that lies between Pyrford and Send.
The Wey and Godalming Navigations present a relief from the vagaries of the Thames. The first two routes provide a strange contrast as you pass under the M25, roaring with traffic (or sometimes strangely quiet as the traffic inches along in some mega-jam!) and then run alongside it for a mile or so before turning away from the motorway into the green and tranquil Surrey countryside. There are a number of pubs en-route, the Pelican near Black Boy bridge, The White Hart Inn at New Haw lock, The Anchor at Pyrford lock and of course the New Inn at Send, just beyond Cart Bridge. Novices should probably opt for the shorter of the distances. The navigation runs from Thames lock in Weybridge for 20 miles through Guildford to Godalming Wharf.
Route 1 : Black Boy bridge to Cart Bridge, Send (by the New Inn) and return, parking on the road by the bridge -15 miles with 5 portages each way
Route 2 : New Haw lock to Cart Bridge (Send) and return, easy parking above the lock – 12.6 miles with 3 portages each way
Route 3 : Pyrford lock to Cart Bridge (Send) and return, the car park at the Anchor is open during opening hours, few spaces just off the road by the lock – 7.6 miles with 2 portages each way
Black Boy bridge is just off the Addlestone Road in Weybridge, New Haw Lock is where the A318 Addlestone to New Haw road crosses the Wey. Pyrford Lock can be reached from the A3, by following signs to Wisley RHS and then continuing along that minor road to the Anchor Pub. All these places are an easy 20-30 minutes drive from Bell Hill