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Boat Blog: River Wey (3)

Posted by indigodream on 5 September, 2010

Wednesday 25th August

Cartbridge to Guildford

Random canoeists - you'll find a lot of these along the navigation!

The weather forecast for the day was pretty appalling so we decided to have a short day’s cruise. We had to go back home for an appointment in the evening and would be spending Thursday at home to meet up with cousin Denise and family who were staying with us on their way back from their holiday in France.

We wanted to move upstream so the first job of the day was to wind. We could have reversed back to the nearest winding hole, but it was through a bridge, a stop lock and a bend! But a quick chat with the friendly weir-keeper convinced us to cruise downstream and turn above Papercourt Lock. It’s not marked as a winding hole, but there’s plenty of room there to turn a 60 footer.

We headed back upstream, enjoying the spectacular views again as the sky became increasingly sullen. We met up with nb Fulbourne for the last time – grounded below Bowers Lock – there’s a right-hand right-angle bend out of the lock and a flow from the left which tends to push a longer boat onto the far bank. We tugged her off and waved goodbye – I think they’ve had a hard trip along the Wey. The weir keeper told us that the trick at Bowers lock is to just poke your bow out of the lock a little way and let the flow from the left take the front round before moving the rest of the boat out.

The rain started at 12 noon and by the time we moored up at Dapdune Wharf it was seriously persisting. We had lunch at the wharf while waiting for the National Trust office to open – they take their lunch-hours seriously around here! We arranged to leave Indigo Dream on the wharf for 2 nights – we’d be back on Friday morning with the family. We also found out about parking – the office was very helpful and we were relieved not to have to move the boat on Thursday. We had things to do at home and the weather forecast was seriously horrible.


Sadly, Dapdune Wharf is on the offside so it’s a bit of a trek to the town centre and to the train station. Fortunately we can get a direct train home from Guildford. Lou is very scared of trains – it’s really the only thing that frightens here. We’ve got no idea why – she’s fine with fireworks and other loud noises. However she soon settled onto her sheepskin and stuck her head under the seat – her usual refuge. We watched Lynx with interest – we’ve not taken him on a train before. Predictably, he took it all in his stride – he seemed to enjoy looking out of the window and didn’t try to do a runner at every station (which was Blue’s favourite trick).

It was persisting even harder at our home station so I got a cab home (it’s not far) and brought the car back down for Richard and the dogs. We got home full of good intentions. Richard did well to get down to Maplins for the gubbins he needed to fix out VHF arial. We’ve not done very well with aerials – our TV aerial has broken as well – it’s an expensive Omnicrom and we hope we can fix it with a bit of cheap cable. I just just mooched around aimlessly….


Lou getting comfortable...

I could spend all day looking at the grounds of Sutton Place...

I wonder how old this oak tree is, and what tales it could tell. I was amazed to find that it is still capable of putting out leaves..

I was worried to see these horses grazing in a field dotted with ragwort - I hope they've got the sense not to eat it. Interesting info here -

Lynx on the train...

Lou on the train - she's not as relaxed about it as Lynx...

There are many plays on the word 'Wey' along the river - we thought this one was quite clever...

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