This walk visits the historic Newark Priory on the River Wey near 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 the monasteries that was dissolved during the reign of King Henry VIII. Today it is a scheduled monument and a Grade I listed 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 complete Norman church and is one of few medieval churches in the country in the top category of listed 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.
PostcodeGU23 6DP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Newark Priory Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Newark Priory Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Newark Priory OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Newark Priory Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
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.