About the Branch

The Guildford and Reading branch of the IWA has a diverse range of waterways in its area. They are:

The whole of the River Wey which is navigable for 19½ miles from its junction with the River Thames at Weybridge to Town Bridge in Godalming.  The River Wey is owned and run by the National Trust.

Part of the non-tidal stretch of the River Thames between Teddington and Goring.  The Thames being under the auspices of the Environment Agency above Teddington Lock.

The whole of the Basingstoke Canal which is navigable for 30¾ miles from its junction with the River Wey at Woodham to the limit of navigation at Greywell.  The Canal is run by the Basingstoke Canal Authority which is owned jointly by Surrey and Hampshire County Councils.  The canal is currently only navigable above and below the Deepcut flight of locks which are shut and not scheduled to re-open until late Spring 2011.

The Eastern section of the Kennet & Avon Canal for 30 miles form it’s junction with the River Thames at Reading to Froxfield.  The Kennet & Avon is run by Canal & River Trust.

The other canal in the region is the subject of major restoration and is the Wey & Arun Canal the route of which runs from its junction with the River Wey at Shalford to its junction with the River Arun at Pallingham. The restoration that has been achieved to date and is planned for the future is thanks to the Wey & Arun Trust.

More information on any of the above can be found by clicking on the relevant waterway link on this page.  Each of the waterways has its own active voluntary group and we try and play a full role in supporting them as well maintaining strong links with bodies with overall control of the waterway.