Two tours to Stoke lock on the Wey Navigation.
We will pass by Sutton Place which is one of the most important early Tudor houses in England. It stands on high ground above the river and is enclosed by a combination of the original course of the Wey and the canal. This was the home of the Weston family who created the Wey Navigation in the 17th century.
Anne Boleyn was an occasional guest at Sutton Place and it is said that Henry first met his future queen here. The young Sir Francis Weston was accused of adultery and was executed two days before Anne Boleyn was beheaded. Their ghosts are said to roam the corridors of Sutton Place. See here for further details
Route 1 : The New Inn, Cart Bridge, Send (GU23 7EN) to Stoke Lock and return – 8.6 miles. The manager at the pub is usually agreeable to our using the car park on the promise that we will return for lunch. Otherwise, there is roadside parking nearby. There is easy access to the Wey from the towpath beside the pub.
Route 2 : Newark Lock (Seven Stars Inn close-by is GU23 6DL) to Stoke Lock and return – 12.8 miles. Cars can be parked on the B367 as near as possible to Newark Bridge. There is easy access to the Wey from Newark Lock.
Take the A3 south and exit at Ripley (a mile beyond the M25). Continue into Ripley and for Newark turn right in the village onto the B367. For Send continue for another mile and turn right onto the B368, Send Marsh Rd.