FARNCOMBE BOAT HOUSE - Office Opening hours : 9am to 5pm Daily
Why Choose the River Wey?
This truly delightful river is one of Surrey's best kept secrets. In the spring the woods are full of kingcups and bluebells. There are flower-strewn water meadows in the summer. And, later in the year, the colours of autumn are really brought to life on the river.
On a narrow boat you have all the time in the world to appreciate the landscape and the beauties of nature. Wildlife abounds - you may be lucky enough to see roe deer, mink, kingfishers and a wide variety of birds. Enjoy riverside villages such as Send, Pyrford and Ripley or the larger towns of Godalming, Guildford and Weybridge with their shops, theatres, cinemas and restaurants.
You will be surprised, above all, at the rural tranquility of this river, remarkable in its setting at the heart of commuter-land and within sight, at one point of the M25. Historically too, this is a fascinating waterway, being one of the first canalised rivers in the country, dating back to 1653. Today the 20 mile navigable stretch of the river and its 16 locks, are owned and maintained by The National Trust, and their Exhibition Centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford is well worth a visit.
Holiday Narrow Boat Hire:
The River Wey holds untold delights at every bend, and a narrow boat offers the perfect opportunity to have a relaxing holiday, enabling you to unwind from the pressures of everyday living.
It offers the chance to experience the lovely county of Surrey from a very different angle.
Feel free to explore local villages, discover riverside pubs, see the ruins of Newark Priory and the world famous horticultural gardens at Wisley. You can even moor-up in the very centre of Guildford, the county town, to sightsee and shop.
We offer short breaks from March to the end of October - weekends and midweek - but you can choose to take a boat for a week or longer allowing you to cruise the River Thames upstream to Windsor or down river to Hampton Court.
3 or 4 Day, Short Break
Cruise the length of the
River Wey passing through villages such as Godalming, Guildford,
Pyrford and Weybridge.
One Week - (extra licence required for River
River Wey and River Thames to Windsor or Hampton Court and
Hampton Court Palace - promises a magical journey back through 500
years of history. Family
trails and the famous 'Maze'. Open all year round
except Christmas & Boxing Day.
Thorpe Park - great rides for all the
family as well as lake and farm area. Open Easter to
Runnymede Park - A relaxing riverside park giving access to local
countryside walks. The Park is opposite Runnymede Meadow and the memorials
commemorating the sealing of the Magna Carta
in 1215, John F Kennedy and the
Commonwealth Air Forces.
Windsor - Shops, restaurants and riverside gardens
with a good play area for small children.
Eton High Street and
Windsor Castle - Probably the best known symbol of the British
Monarchy. The only Royal residence
which has been in continuous use since
William the Conqueror.
Legoland - A great day out for families with younger
children. Over 50 fantastic rides and attractions.
2 miles from Windsor Town
Centre. Bus Services to the Park from stops close to Windsor and Eton Riverside
railway stations. Open from Easter to beginning of November
10 or 11
River Wey to Byfleet and onto the Basingstoke Canal. (extra
licence required and subject to
water levels) or River Wey and River Thames to
Henley and return.
2 week cruise
River Wey and River Thames to Oxford or an energetic cruise to Reading and then along the Kennet & Avon
Canal to Newbury and return (extra licence for K & A Canal).
More information is available on the History of The River Wey, along with a River Thames Guide and Tips on the Thames, courtesy of the Environment Agency.
Why not visit Website www.explorethames.co.uk for full details on the new fully integrated River Thames App developed for Iphone, Ipad and Ipad mini to take with you when you explore the River Thames and connecting Rivers including the River Wey.
Farncombe Boat House - Catteshall Lock - Catteshall Road
Godalming - Surrey - GU7 1NH
Tel: 01483 421306