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Free Guided Walk by David Rose Focusing on the Wey Barges as they Navigated the Thames

Published on: 1 Apr, 2024
Updated on: 1 Apr, 2024

Local historian and writer David Rose is leading a free guided circular walk from Weybridge this Saturday, April 6.

The walk is in conjunction with the National Trust’s River Wey Navigations and starts at Weybridge’s Thames Lock and loops around Desborough Island and Cut on the River Thames.

Wey barges Perseverance and Speedwell in the Desborough Cut. Picture: National Trust River Wey Navigations.

Find out where the horse-drawn barges went after leaving the River Wey Navigation and learn more about their journey to and from the London Docks.

Meet at Thames Lock, off Jessamy Road, Weybridge KT13 8LG, for a 10.30am start. The walk is 5k in length. There are a few parking spaces near the lock, but otherwise look for on-street parking.

River Thames approaching Westminster Bridge. Perseverance and other barges on tow down river. Picture National Trust River Wey Navigations.

David has a wealth of knowledge about the local Surrey area and weaves a great tale to keep everyone interested on his walks.

The walk is free, but please book by phoning 0344 249 1895, so the Trust knows how many people are coming.

There is some rough ground which may be wet and muddy, so it’s a good idea to wear boots or wellies.

Barges on tow entering the Wey Navigation from the Thames in flood. Two tugs Leo in front (out of sight in pound, Oxford behind, seen ahead. Barges Speedwell and Perseverance. Picture: National Trust River Wey Navigations.

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