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Route for a walk around Ripley and the Wey Canal

PUBLISHED: 12:39 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 26 November 2018

The Anchor Pub sits on The Wey Navigation

The Anchor Pub sits on The Wey Navigation

Chris Howard

Enjoy this easy, flat 1.5-hour walk around this pretty Surrey village and waterway


• Start: Ripley Village Green car park

• Grid ref: TQ052 570 Postcode for Sat Nav: GU23 6AR

• Length of walk: 2.5 mile (4km) 1.5 hours

• Food and Drink: Ripley has several good pubs, restaurants and café including the Surrey Life Food and Drink Award-winning Pinnocks and The Anchor.

• While you are there: Visit Ripley Museum or RHS Wisley Gardens.

• Free guided walk: Check the Surrey Hills Society website for its free walks each month 


1. From the Ripley village green car park, take the wide track across the green, with the cricket pitch on your right. You will soon see a large house, Dunsborough Park, on the left. The gardens are sometimes open to the public and are especially noted for their display of tulips.

2. At the end of some farm cottages, where the track ahead is marked ‘strictly private’, bear left on a path, which soon crosses Ockham Mill Stream. Then at a house, go slightly to the left between holly bushes and over a footbridge. Continue on to the lock and weir. You may see herons on this stretch of water meadow.

3. Cross over the weir and turn right past the lock cottage. Do not go over the small footbridge but continue along the towpath, which lies between the Wey Navigation and the River Wey for a short distance.

4. Keep on the towpath for about a mile, passing attractively decorated barges and houseboats, until you reach the lock at The Anchor Pub, Pyrford.

5. Turn left at the end of the footpath and continue on a track between fields to cross a stile.

6. Continue on the track until you emerge on a road (Church Hill). Turn left up to St Nicholas church, Pyrford, which is set on a low knoll overlooking the ruins of Newark Priory.

7. Go through the churchyard with the church on your left, down the gravel path and out on to the road.

8. After about a quarter of a mile, passing the ruins on your left, walk to the traffic lights and turn left down the towpath.

9. Cross the canal at the lock and continue along the towpath. On reaching the lock and weir again, turn right and retrace the last half mile back to the starting point.


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