Route for a riverside walk around Guildford
- Credit: Archant
Enjoy this very easy, well signposted, one-hour flat walk along relatively dry, wide paths, through a hidden country oasis near Stoke Park, Guildford
- Start: Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, Postcode for Sat Nav: GU1 1UP
- Parking: Four hours free parking at leisure centre
- Nearest railway stations: Guildford
- Grid ref: TQ 050 510
- Length of walk: 3 mile (4.8 km); 1 hour
- Food and drink: The Spectrum has a Costa Coffee outlet and toilets available and is free to enter. The Rowbarge Pub is near Stoke Mill towards the end of the walk.
- While you are there: Visit the National Trust's Dapdune Wharf to learn more about the River Wey's canal history. Boat trips available. Coffee shop open most of the year. Also visit Stoke Park to enjoy beautiful gardens and outdoor coffee shop and playground.
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1 Facing the entrance to the Spectrum Leisure Centre, take the tarmac path to the left, heading towards Stoke Park. Where the path meets the A25,turn right towards the pelican crossing and then turn right onto a wide dirt path signposted Thorneycroft Woods.
2 Continue through the woods on this main path. The River Wey will appear on your left. You will then come across a significant example of a WW2 Tank trap which crosses the path. Continue forward through these large triangular cement objects and continue on this main route signposted as the National Cycle Route Path 223. Following this route continue under the A3, through the underpass bridge, with the River Wey on your left.
3 Cross through the double cattle gates and continue on the path with the river on your left.
4 When the paths splits, take the right hand path away from the river. There are some boardwalk paths to your left if you wish to explore them, but come back this main path and keep straight until you reach a large pond on your right. Keep going straight ahead, cross over a bridge, until you reach electricity pylons on your right.
5 At a Y junction, leave the National Route 223 and take the smaller path towards the river. Pass through another double cattle gate. There is an interpretation board to the right of the path. The path then becomes a board walk over marshy ground.
6 Where the board walk meets the river again at a t junction, turn left along the towpath back towards Guildford. Continue along this tow path with the river on your right all the way to Stoke Lock, passing some interesting ancient coppiced willow trees on the way.
7 Bear right and cross over the bridge at Stoke Lock and keep following the tow path with the canal on your right.
8 When you reach a junction with the A320 Woking Road, turn left and then left again by the Guildford Premier Inn onto the A25 again. This takes you back towards the Spectrum Leisure Centre. At the pelican crossing turn left along your original route and back to the entrance of the Spectrum.
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