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Waterways of Surrey

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Surrey

Mill Mead Lock No 4 on the River Wey.

Basingstoke Canal

Waterway's place in Surrey :

From the start of the canal at Woodham Junction, where it connects to the River Wey, to the A331 road bridge just past Ash Vale Railway Station, where the canal crosses into Hampshire, the canal passes through Surrey for 15 miles.

Waterway Description:

The canal is being restored but the top five miles of the canal bed (to Basingstoke Wharf) have been sold.

History:

Promoted by an Act of 1778. Opened in 1794. Original company wound-up in 1869. Winding-up order found to be invalid in 1910.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Thames

Waterway's place in Surrey :

The river then forms the boundary bettween Surrey and Buckinghamshire from The Bells of Ouseley at Runnymede, where the river leaves Berkshire and enters Surrey, until close to the M25 Motorway Bridge, below Bell Weir Lock, where the river crosses entirely into Surrey. Between Molesey Reserviors and Thames Ditton the river forms the boundary between London on the north bank and Surrey on the south. After this point the river is entirely in London.

Waterway Description:

The navigation runs 211 miles from Cricklade Bridge to the Open Sea. The first 135 miles, above Teddington, are non-tidal

History:

The river has been used as a navigation from prehistoric times. Numerous Acts of Parliament have been passed relating to the river from as far back as 1423 and by the height of 'canal mania' in 1793 the river had already been the subject of 23 Acts.

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River Wey

Waterway's place in Surrey :

The entire navigation is in Surrey.

Waterway Description:

Runs 19.75 miles from Godalming to the River Thames at Shepperton

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1651, 1681, 1683 and 1760 (extension from Guildford to Godalming). Navigation from Weybridge to Guildford opened in 1653 and the extension from Guildford to Godalming in 1763.

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Wey and Arun Junction Canal

Waterway's place in Surrey :

From the River Wey Junction at Gunsmouth the canal in in Surrey until below Gennets Wood Lock No 9, where it crosses into Sussex.

Waterway Description:

This canal runs 18.5 miles from Gunsmouth, on the River Wey, to Newbridge, where it joins the Arun Navigation. It is partly derelict but under restoration.

History:

Promoted by an Act of 1813, opened in 1816 and closed in 1871

For more details see the Waterway details page.

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