GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newark Priory

5 miles (8 km)

This walk visits the historic Newark Priory on theRiver Weynear Ripley in Surrey.
The route also visits the significant old church in Pyrford village and the pretty Pyrford Lock which is located just up the river.
The walk starts from the Newark Lane Car Park next to the river and Newark Lock. The route then follows the Wey Navigation east, passing Newark Lock and the island where you can see the priory from the river. The priory was established in the 12th century and is notable as one of themonasteries that was dissolved during the reign of King Henry VIII. Today it is ascheduled monumentand aGrade Ilisted building.
The route continues north east passing Pyrford Golf Course before coming to Pyrford Lock.The lock is a very photogenic area of the canal with barges and a nice canalside pub.
At the lock you leave the river to follow country lanes to Pyrford village. Here you'll find the noteworthy Church of St Nicholas. The church is a fine example of a completeNormanchurch and is one of few medieval churches in the country in the top category oflisted building. After exploring the chuch you head past the golf club to return to the river and then follow the waterside path back to the car park.

Postcode

GU23 6DP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Newark Priory OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The beautiful Wisley Gardens are located just a short distance from Priory and the river. The lovely gardens would make a fine extension to your outing.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Hills Walks page.

Photos

The Wey by Newark Priory - geograph.org.uk - 642719

The Wey by Newark Priory. Looking downstream from Newark New Bridge towards the ruined priory. The ruin sits on an island, surrounded by the Wey and the Abbey Stream.

Newark Lock - geograph.org.uk - 949163

Newark Lock. A remote lock near the remains of the Priory.

Pyrford Lock - geograph.org.uk - 951817

Pyrford Lock

Newark Priory - geograph.org.uk - 96565

Newark Priory was founded at the end of the twelfth century by Ruald de Clane and his wife Beatrice of Send and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Thomas a Beckett. King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1539. At Newark, the prior was pensioned off, valuables sent to the Tower of London and the land given to the Master of the Kings Horse. It has been said that a cannon was employed from the top of Church Hill to bombard or demolish what were the then extensive buildings! This incident is portrayed in one of a series of paintings made by artist Tessa Kewen in 1963 which are displayed in the porch of St Nicholas Church.

The Church of St.Nicholas - Pyrford - geograph.org.uk - 86143

The Church of St.Nicholas in Pyrford village. This fine church in the village is well worth investigatingf. The church is located about a1⁄4mile north ofNewark Prioryalong a medieval lane and was built around 1140. It is thought likely thatQueen Elizabeth Iwould have worshipped at St. Nicholas Church. She reputedly donated a silverchaliceto the church in 1570. The church grounds and the surrounding lands are designated aconservation area, having special architectural and historical importance

The Bourne from Bourne Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 642841

The Bourne from Bourne Bridge. Looking eastwards along the northern edge of the wide Wey flood plain. Many similar channels drain the water meadows.

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