Friday, 19 July 2013

We ARE on the Wey

Last night we wandered up to the Minnow restaurant, we had looked at the menu earlier in the day and thought it looked nice, it did not disappoint, we had one of the nicest meals we have had whilst being out on the boat this year, and considering our location not expensive either.

We did a viewing of Triskaideka this morning, she isn't for sale, but a couple having a look around as they are thinking of getting a narrow boat.  So we were a bit later starting off but it was no problem as it was lovely to meet Shane and Pete and chat to them last night and this morning.  They have a beautiful boat but are thinking of swapping seas and rivers for canals.

We entered the Wey Navigation and I took the visitor license forms into the office and paid our dues £64.80 for a 7 day stay and collected the 'Wey windless', apparently not much different other than awkward to use. We entered the first lock and were helped up by two lovely National Trust wardens/lock keepers, the also gave us an information pack about the navigation. The locks can be a little fierce and quite turbulent. Makes going up, interesting!

We soon came to the Weybridge town lock, a lovely bridge on one side and the lock bridge not so nice to the right.  There were some lovely houses backing onto the river through Weybridge and the outskirts.  We were accompanied for a while by the M25 but we left it behind as we continued to Pyrford.  A very busy pub with lots of gongoozlers at the lock, just past Walsham Flood Gates John spotted a good mooring in shade so we called it a day.  I have had a walk along the river this afternoon and have never seen so many damselflies and I also saw some dragon flies.

Weybridge Bridge

Lovely steam boat

John Donne lived here 1600 - 1604

6 miles & 5 locks

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