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A family holiday afloat in leafy Surrey

15th July 2013 Print
River Wey

Despite being only 40 minutes from London, the River Wey in Surrey’s commuter belt is one of the South’s best kept secrets. 

One of England’s first ‘canalised rivers’, the River Wey is also the only navigable river owned and managed by the National Trust. 

“This 20-mile route between Godalming and Weybridge, where the river meets the Thames is wonderfully tranquil,” says Nigel Richards, managing director of Waterways Holidays, the specialist boating holiday agency.

“The River Wey winds slowly through lush water-meadows and waterside villages yet it offers easy access to family attractions like the National Trust’s visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf, and Brooklands, the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation.

The county town of Guildford, with its Cathedral, castle and exceptional shopping opportunities, is another route highlight”.

Waterways Holidays has a selection of narrowboats for hire from Guildford and Farncombe on the River Wey. For example, ‘Guildford Knight’ is a 60-foot narrowboat that has a fixed double berth and two singles, with plenty of space for a family of four, including a well-equipped galley and bathroom.

A seven-night holiday starting 22, 26 or 29 July or 2, 5, 19, 23 or 26 August is reduced by £350 to £1,199 – that’s less than £43 per person per night for a holiday package that includes boat hire, waterway licence for the River Wey, fuel, cancellation protection, buoyancy aids, bed linen and car parking.  One or two pets are also welcome at no extra charge. offers live availability on more than 1600 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The new website also offers lots of advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers.

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River Wey