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River Wey at Walsham Lock (Woking FP123 / Ripley FP34)

This is now closed by temporary closure order until 13 October 2018 for works on the weir. There is no alternative route. SCC intend to keep actual physical closure to a minimum with display signs prohibiting access.

There is a rumour of a negotiated permissive access which the Ramblers are investigating. 

Pigeonhouse Bridge (Woking FP83 / Ockham FP5) 

This bridge, over the River Wey near Ockham Mill, has been removed and the path remains closed by a Traffic Regulation Order. Surrey County Council don’t have funding for a new bridge, but may just possibly have a suitable reclaimed one in future, but this is yet to be confirmed.
The official diversion route is Woking FP123 / Ripley FP34 over Walsham Weir. Now that path too is closed for works on the weir “with no alternative route.”
Meanwhile the Ramblers are exploring legal processes to put pressure on SCC to sort the situation out and re-open this popular path.

Wey Navigation to Send Church (Woking FP42 / Send FP61)

This path from the Wey Navigation to Send Church which the Woking group have used a few times during the past year. There is no problem on the Woking path but after the path crosses the bridge over the River Wey into Send parish (Guildford Borough) the path has eroded away into the river. It has been closed before by Traffic Regulation Order, but further erosion has occurred and it is now closed again by another TRO.
There is another lengthy official alternative route.

Byfleet FP129 / Wisley FP3 (part) / Wisley FP566 

A Definitive Map Modification Order was made by Surrey County Council in July 2016 to upgrade this route to bridleway status. The upgrade had been sought on the grounds it would provide a new means for cyclists to cross the M25 without going miles round in either direction, and a useful link for them between Byfleet and Wisley village.
Surrey Ramblers agreed in principle not to object as it was thought the route was wide enough throughout and there would be no detriment to walkers. However, some other people have objected and at the very end of November 2017, notification was received of a public inquiry to be held in Woking in May 2018.
The papers show that in the current definitive statement for Wisley FP3 there is a record of a footbridge only 18 inches wide—neither Woking Ramblers nor the Ramblers Guildford group footpath secretary can recall such a narrow bridge. We will double-check long before the inquiry.

Rambles on the Basingstoke Canal – A323 and Aldershot Road, Church Crookham 

The MOD has erecting fencing so that it is no longer possible to access the area where the A323 and Aldershot Road, Church Crookham (east of the Foresters PH) are crossed. 
Accordingly, Rambles on the Basingstoke Canal walk booklet now has a revision to Walk 7 Claycart Hill, Fleet Pond and Pondtail as the option to return from point-8 on the map, over Miles Hill is no longer feasible. A revised route is to walk from point-8, direct to Norris Bridges and pick up the towpath again. For full details email

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