The path over this bridge was closed by Traffic Regulation Order after the bridge was damaged in the floods of winter 2013/14. The bridge has since been removed completely. The Environment Agency does not want the bridge rebuilt in the same location. Surrey County Council has no funding to replace it anyway. The Traffic Regulation Order has been renewed several times and the current one is due to expire on 12 Aug 2019. .
The official alternative route is via Walsham Lock. But during the works at Walsham Lock (see below), the practical advice is to use the official alternative route to avoid those works – over the private bridge on the Wisley Golf Course just 60 metres downstream from Pigeonhouse Bridge. Once the Walsham Locks works are complete, it is not known at the present time whether the golf course bridge will continue to be available.
The nearby bridge (also named Pigeonhouse Bridge) over the Wey Navigation on Woking FP82 is not affected.
Work is taking place to install a fish pass on the River Wey. During these works the path over the lock is closed by Traffic Regulation Order, now renewed until 13 Jan 2019. The TRO is worded to only apply while work is actually in progress. The official alternative route is via Ripley Green, Ockham FP5 and the private bridge on the Wisley Golf Course.
Part of Send FP61 has been eroded away and has fallen into the river. The path is therefore closed by Traffic Regulation Order which has been renewed to expire on 10 Mar 2019. The lengthy official alternative route is north on the Wey Navigation towpath, then Send FP55 to Potters Lane, south on Potters Lane, then Send FP60 to Send Church.
The bridge over the Broadmead Cut has been deemed unsafe to all users (horse-riders, cyclists, pedestrians), and has been closed by Traffic Regulation Order which is due to expire on 06 Feb 2019 but it is hoped to complete repair work on the bridge earlier.
The official alternative route, which is for pedestrians only, is via the Wey Navigation towpath downstream to Papercourt Lock, then Send FP36 across the Broad Mead meadows to rejoin BW48. Another obvious possibility for walkers is to go upstream on the towpath to the next footbridge, then follow Send FP49 across the meadows to Old Woking.
The bridge over the Wey Navigation on Send BW48 is not affected.
The public inquiry into the Definitive Map Modification Order to upgrade this route to bridleway status began on 22 May 2018 but was adjourned after one day due to the late submission of evidence. SCC has told our Footpath Secretary that the new evidence particularly related to the M25, height restrictions in the subway underneath it, and interpretation of no entry signs at either end.
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A new date for the enquiry has yet to be fixed. The Ramblers has not been objecting, but could wish to appear at the enquiry if anything new of relevance to walkers comes to light.
This path passes between the front of the gardens and the car park. Construction work is taking place causing two short lengths of the path to be closed by Traffic Regulation Order, now renewed to expire on 30 Jun 2019. Alternative routes are in place, and the changes are very minor.
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Tuesday 18 December 2018Starting at 10:00A strenuous 3.5 mile / 5.6 km walk
Friday 21 December 2018Starting at 10:00A leisurely 4.8 mile / 7.7 km walk
Thursday 27 December 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Tuesday 15 January 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 7 mile / 11.3 km walk
Tuesday 5 February 2019Starting at 10:00A leisurely 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Tuesday 22 January 2019 at 19:00Social