Wednesday, 1 June 2016

On the Wey

The river Wey is one of the oldest navigations. Dating from 1653, it shows its age. In the style of the locks and the whole feel of the river, you know you are on a very different kind of navigation.
We made our way as far as Walsham flood gates on our first day. This is one of the original turf sided locks and is normally open, being used to control the water levels on the river.
While there one of our daughters came to visit. It is only about 50 miles from the south coast so is about as near as we can get to our home town. We had a great day in the sunshine, the dogs bounding up and down the towpath. The next day we were at Bowers lock and were joined by our other daughter and three of our grandchildren. It was a good chance to catch up with family.
At this point the weather took a turn for the worst. Still, we pressed on in the rain through Guildford, under a very low bridge. Oakapple fitted through OK but NB Inca just scraped through. By the time we moored up at the limit of navigation at Godalming, the river had risen about 6in. No chance of Inca going back under the bridge and possibly not Oakapple as well. As the rain fizzled out today we stayed put, waiting for the river level to drop. Luckily there is a Wetherspoons here for breakfast, as well as supermarkets to top up with supplies.

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