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FP from St Johns Lye to area in front of St John the Baptist Church
There is a well-used path from St Johns Lye (GR SU979578) to the area in front of St John the Baptist Church (GR SU981577). This is not a public right of way, and it is not shown on the Surrey Interactive map as part of the road network. 
If any member has used this path at any time, please contact Brian direct or by email to 

Deep Pool Farm  to Carthouse Lane (Woking FP5) 
SCC previously consulted us over a proposal by the landowner to divert this path away from the track past the farm buildings onto a less satisfactory (for walkers) alternative route south-east of the pool as far as a footbridge over a stream. Our footpath secretary had indicated to SCC we would formally object to original proposal. An amended proposal was then made shortening the proposed diversion.

Negotiations continue.

Walsham Lock (Woking FP123 / Ripley FP34) 
New TRO from 10 June 2020 due to expire 10 December 2021 affecting the path on the weir over the River Wey, due to works on the weir. Long official alternative route via the bridge on The Wisley golf course (see Pigeonhouse Bridge).

Hoe Stream at Old Woking (Woking FP140) 
New temporary TRO from 3rd July to 31st July affecting this cul-de-sac right of way which however forms part of the (mainly permissive) Hoe Valley Path beside the Hoe Stream from Old Woking to Mayford promoted by Woking Borough Council. Official alternative route via FP54, Rydens Way, Coniston Way, FP55. Closure due to public works along the path. Works should now be complete, but needs to be confirmed by site visit.

Cartbridge to Fishers farm (Woking FP45B / Send FP52)
A TRO closure which affects the bridge crossing the Wey at Cartbridge (Grid Ref TQ015559) is in force until 26-Dec 2020. This is due to danger caused by poor condition of the bridge.

The official alternative route is north via Send FP52A /Woking FP45A to Gresham Mill (former Unwins Printing Works), then south on Woking FP44 (or vice-versa).

The Pyrford Loop (Woking FP422)
SCC has issued a DMMO to add this path, running from “Pyrford Common, 37 metres north of Pyrford Common Road in a generally north-easterly direction for 535 metres to Upshot Lane by the Arbor Centre” to the Definitive Map of rights-of-way. This is good news. The path is the missing link in the Pyrford Neighbourhood Forum’s proposed Pyrford Loop route; it is currently blocked off, and the Forum has been campaigning for this DMMO for some time. Further details including a map are here.

Please let the Forum know at, with a copy to Brian via, if you have ever used this path over any period of time – any evidence of use will be valuable if the landowners object and the matter is referred to a Public Inquiry. 

Pigeonhouse Bridge (Woking FP82 / Ockham FP5)

The Pigeon House footbridge over the River Wey is still missing, having been damaged in floods during the winter of 2013-14 and subsequently removed. A “temporary” Traffic Regulation Order was made in February 2014 and has since been renewed several times. The current TRO is due to expire on 12 August 2020 and no news of a replacement brideg has been received. 

There is a long official alternative route upstream via Walsham Weir and Ripley Green. SCC has been trying, unsuccessfully, to negotiate an official diversion of the path over a private bridge over the river a few yards downstream, owned by the Wisley Golf Club. In practice, the golf club has not recently been objecting to members of the public using the club’s bridge, but there is no formal agreement for this. Our footpath secretary is urging SCC to renew attempts to negotiate a formal resolution. 

SCC has also been exploring ways to try to get a new bridge (which will have to meet Environment Agency requirements), and would be very expensive The old bridge had a span of 25 metres; SCC states that a new bridge is likely to need a span of 30 metres.

Nearby bridge of the same name over the Wey Navigation on Woking FP82 is not affected.

Triggs Lock to Send Church (Woking FP42 / Send FP61)
This path is outside Woking Borough, but is the continuation of Woking FP42. Together the paths form the link between Triggs Lock and Send Church. Immediately east of the bridge across the River Wey, a 50-metre length of path on Send FP61 has been undermined by the river and a “temporary” Traffic Regulation Order is in place prohibiting use of the path was made in September 2017 and has been renewed several times since. The TRO has been renewed until 10 March 2021.

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.

Byfleet Manor House (Byfleet FP94)
About 190 metres of path has been affected by drainage works along the wall of Byfleet Manor. This part of the path has been “temporarily” closed by Traffic Regulation Order, but the official alternative route is only 265 metres and clearly signposted. The TRO has been renewed until 11 June 2021.

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