Pyrford and the Wey Navigation is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woking, Surrey, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.8 miElevation gain456 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grownHistoric sitePub walk
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A circular walk through the village of Pyrford, near Woking in Surrey. The walk has plenty of interest passing the ruins of Newark Priory and Pyrford's Norman church before heading across peaceful farmland to Pyrford Lock and returning alongside the picturesque Wey Navigation. The walk is generally flat with just one very short but fairly steep climb to the church. There are two stiles (both in open fencing making them easy for dogs to pass under) and several gates including a kissing gate. There is one section of road walking along a narrow pavement at the beginning. The walk crosses a golf course so take care here to avoid the balls flying down the fairways! The paths are mostly mud towpaths and field paths all of which may be muddy after wet weather. The towpaths are quite narrow so take care with children. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

Free parking is available in the small car park (with a height restriction barrier) immediately south of the traffic lights over Newark Lock on the B367 (Newark Lane), south of Pyrford Village. Approximate postcode GU23 6DP.

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Jason Wicks
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Fantastic on a sunny day. Barely any mud and even the section on the pavement at the beginning had some lovely views.

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Dave Scott
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Enjoyable walk, better once off the road at the start. Saw cute and inquisitive young cows, shame they will be sent off to be murdered soon so people can eat them. Nice walk back through golf course and along the water

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Lydia Thomas
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loved the Abbey - but it's a shame the route didn't go right up to it. The canal would be a great place to kayak, and the anchor pub at the lock looked gorgeous

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Roz Chomacki
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Tom Parsons
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Quite a bit of road walking at the start but otherwise absolutely lovely. Really beautiful along the Wey in particular.

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Anoop Chundarathil
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Amanda Conner
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Walk was ok, dry and quite easy to follow. Was quite busy along the towpath.

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Simone Swreney
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60% pretty

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Amanda Willett
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Short roadside start followed by footpaths through St Nicholas church onto fields and along the river wey

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Leeann Cook
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Great walk across fields and along the canal/river. Beautiful sights to be seen with a great pub to stop at for refreshments.

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Nicola Bennett
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Great! All mud was frozen over so easy walk!

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Amanda Mascarenhas
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Very muddy! Nice trail along the wey.

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Holly Marks
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Very muddy, wellies only option! Beautiful along the canal path.

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ben creagh-brown
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Muddy

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Andy Swindley
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Muddy!

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Sophie Wilkinson
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Lovely trail to begin with but became unbearable by the last quarter due to how muddy it was (see photos) I wouldn’t usually mind if there was at least some dry bits but there were points where there was no choice but to have your feet submerged.. also quite unsafe considering how narrow the path could be so you’re forced to be walking along the river bank with the high chance of slipping and falling in! Wouldn’t recommend without wellies or to anyone who struggles staying upright. Also as you can also see from the pictures there is a part where you come in very close contact with cows, despite the electric fence it’s quite scary to have a cow bowling towards you with no where you can turn. Not for the faint hearted.

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Michael Len
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Gillian Appleby
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The right before the pylon didn’t seem to exist - we had to do an earlier right that led onto some roads and rejoin walk that way. Also incredibly muddy and slippy near the end - wellies rather than walking boots advised.

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Andrea Banaag
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Fantastic, but the golf course isn’t marked well

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Richard Bruce
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Nice for an easy pre-lunch Sunday stroll. Shame that 1 of the 6km is basically on a pavement next to a busy road. Golf course route is wrong next to lake too. But towpath walk delightful.

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Sandra Blenkinsop
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Nice flat walk. No golf going on so quiet across the course. Muddy in parts by the Wey.

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Barry Welsh
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nice walk

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Lucy Perryman
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Nice walk through some muddy trails Quite busy today with dog walkers

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Barry Worth
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Pedestrian detour near The Wisley

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yasmin greig
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Great easy walk, lots to see along the way

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rachel rachel
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Nice walk. Footpath by the road quite narrow at the start, and we also got lost on the golf course (much to the golfers dismay), but the stretch along the river is lovely. The Anchor Pub is open now.

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Chris Wheeler
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This is a lovely walk, recommended

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Tom Vick
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Footpaths weren’t closed (see previous review). Very enjoyable walk but went slightly off course on the golf course - the route seemed to want to take you down a fairway

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Sy W
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Daniele Varrazzo
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