Ten Bob Note  

Monday 15th October 2007

Location: Pyrford, Surrey, River Wey

Today: 6 miles, 6 locks. Total distance: 765 miles.  Total locks: 498

Lovely sunny morning, clouded over in the afternoon. Reasonable t-mobile GPRS reception here.

Arrived at Shepperton lock at 09:00 just as the lock keeper was coming on duty. After dropping down through the lock we turned right and joined the river Wey. We paid the £26 license fee for 3 days and also £15 for the loan of the special windlass required to operate the paddles on the lock. The £15 is refundable on return of the windlass on leaving the river. The lock keeper at Thames lock was very friendly and helpful with advice.

We have found the locks on the Wey very hard work. Even I find some of them a struggle. The locks are also fairly deep and care is required when opening the paddles due to the high flow rate. We got as far as Pyrford and decided to turn around at Pyrford marina entrance then reverse up through Pyrford lock to take on water. This leaves us pointing in the right direction for our return journey to the Thames. If we had not turned here we would have needed to go on for another three miles and four locks before reach the next turning point.

The scenery on the Wey has been lovely so far. Apart from the flow of the river, it could quite easily be mistaken for a canal as it is not very wide in most places.

Update Tuesday 16th:

Woke up to rain as was forecast yesterday.

Went out for lunch at the Anchor pub. The food was very good, would eat there again.

Some photos below.

Will head back to the Thames tomorrow then onward down to London.

Current mooring - just above Pyrford lock and the Anchor pub

The leaves are falling thisck and fast now

Coxes Mill on the Wey - converted to flats


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