Walks around the Wey & Arun Canal
Shalford Walk 1, Bradstone Brook and
Tannery Lane (3¾ m).
This walk heads east from Shalford, with some excellent views of the North
Downs, before turning south to the original Wey & Arun Canal bridge at
Tannery Lane. The route then stays close to the course of the canal before
returning to the starting point along the navigable River Wey.
The starting point is the Gunpowder Store at Stonebridge Wharf (A), near the
junction of the River Wey and the Wey & Arun Canal. Stonebridge Wharf was an
important loading point for river and canal cargo, especially gunpowder from
Chilworth (about 2 miles to the east). Nowadays you reach the wharf through
Broadford Business Park; the entrance is by the Parrot Inn on Broadford Road
(A248).Go through the Business Park entrance, turn right to the river and you
will find the Gunpowder Store on your left.
To start the walk, turn right from the Gunpowder Store (assuming you are
facing the river) and follow the riverside path to Broadford Road. Carefully
cross the road and follow the pavement for about 100 yards to the right. Turn
left to head diagonally across Shalford Common to the A281 (B). Cross the main
road using the pedestrian crossing by the railway bridge, turn right then bear
left to follow Kings Road (A248) past the shops and Post Office. About 100 yards
after the Post Office, bear left to follow the path that leads across Station
Road and crosses another part of Shalford Common. After about 1⁄2 mile, by Grove
Cottage, bear left to follow a minor road across a small stream and past some
allotments on the left. When the road turns sharply left, gothrough the gate on
the right (do not take the path that goes between two fences), then straight
ahead and slightly right across the Guildford Grammar School sports fields to
reach another gate in the hedge. Looking to your left, past the pavilion, you
will have a good view of St Martha’s Hill and Church. Go through the gate
into the grounds of Bradstone Brook (a grand Georgian mansion built in 1791, now
converted into a number of large apartments). Bear left to the footbridge and
then again slightly left to go through a kissing gate in
the fence (C). Continue ahead to follow the A248 pavement to the left. After
about 200 yards, carefully cross the road and take the track towards Lower
Chinthurst Farm. At the farmhouse gate, turn right and follow the
footpath between tall hedges. When the path opens out, turn right and follow it
slightly uphill. After about 200 yards, turn left on another path. On this path
you will see the wooded Chinthurst Hill ahead and to your left - if you have
time and energy it is worth a diversion to discover the round tower at the top.
It looks like an ancient ruin but was actually built in the 1930s. When you
reach the stile, look right and you may be able to see Guildford and the
Cathedral. Turn right at the stile and follow the path downhill to Chinthurst
Lane at the entrance to Southland. Cross Chinthurst Lane into Tannery Lane.
After about 20 yards, turn left and follow the path leading past the row of
houses and across Drodges Lane to Tannery Lane Bridge (D). Turn left then
immediately right to cross the original Wey & Arun Canal Bridge built
between 1813 and 1816. When the Horsham-Guildford railway was built in the early
1860s, the road level was raised to cross both the canal and the railway. This
fortunately preserved the canal bridge intact.
After crossing the canal bridge you are on the course of the railway that
closed in 1965. To continue the walk, turn right. (You may wish to make a short
diversion and head left for about 200 yards to Gosden Aqueduct where the Wey
& Arun Canal Trust has installed an interpretation board.) Follow the course
of the old railway (watch out for speeding cyclists) with the Cranleigh Waters
river on your left. You are now in the Hunt Nature Park which is being developed
by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust. When the river comes close to the old
railway, fork left to follow the riverside path that was created by Canal Trust
volunteers in 2013. On your right you will see the viewing platform built by the
Canal Trust in 2015; the oak trees on the opposite bank of the river are
estimated to be more than 500 years old. When the riverside path rejoins the
course of the old railway, cross the river and continue straight ahead to the
A281 Horsham Road. Carefully cross the road and continue along the route of the
old railway to cross a bridge over the River Wey (E).
Immediately after the bridge (installed in 2006), go down the steps to the
River Wey towpath. Turn left on the towpath to walk past the The Gun’s Mouth
(the start of the Wey & Arun Canal) and the Gunpowder Store. At Broadford
Road, carefully cross the bridge to follow the opposite bank back to the
Gunpowder Store and the end of the walk.
If you have enjoyed this canal walk, why not try another?
Loxwood Walk 1 (1 mile)
explores the area around Brewhurst Mill.
Loxwood Walk 2
(2¾ miles) explores the section northwards to Gennets Bridge Lock.
Loxwood Walk 3
(3½ miles) includes Drungewick Aqueduct.
Loxwood Walk 4
(4½ miles) visits the start of the Sidney Wood lock flight.
Loxwood Walk 5
(5 miles) includes the countryside north of Loxwood as well as sections of the
Shalford Walk 1 (3¾
miles) a circular walk around Shalford.
Shalford Walk 2 (1 mile) a
short exploration of the area around The Gun’s Mouth.
Shalford Walk 3 (2 miles)
explores part of the original route of the Wey
& Arun Canal in Shalford.
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood,
Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 0RH Tel: 01403 752403
2017 - The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Ltd (Registered
Charity number 265331, Company Number 1094232), whose registered office is The
Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, Billingshurst RH14 0RH. The company
responsible for trading activities, including boat trips and sale of goods, is
W&A Enterprises Ltd (Company Number 03039168), a wholly owned subsidiary of
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Ltd.
Last updated Saturday, 6 February, 2016