Installation of a fish pass is now complete and the path over the weir on the River Wey is open.
Repair work on the bridge over the Broadmead Cut is now complete.
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 was via Walsham Lock. Works at Walsham Lock now have been completed; while those works were ongoing the official diversion from Walsham Lock was over the private bridge on The Wisley golf course. SCC advised us on 01 Feb 2019 that they are unsure how this impacts on use of the golf course bridge in place of Pigeonhouse bridge, and if the golf club will prevent use of their bridge again. SCC hopes this is not the case and that the bridge will remain available, but it is up to the golf club.
The nearby bridge (also named Pigeonhouse Bridge) over the Wey Navigation on Woking FP82 is not affected.
A short length of Send FP61 beside the River Wey has eroded away and fallen into the river. That part of the path is therefore closed by Traffic Regulation Order which has been renewed to expire on 10 Mar 2019, so in effect there is no direct through route on these paths at the present time. 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.
About 190 metres of this path is affected by “drainage works to the wall and piers” at the Manor House and has been closed by Traffic Regulation Order. A short diversion is in force.
A Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) has been made to correct an anomaly on the definitive map. There is no change to the actual line of the path which remains open - in the subway under the railway.
The public inquiry into the Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) 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.
The inquiry resumed on 06 and 07 Feb 2019 at Woking Borough Council offices and will recommence for a final day on 19 Mar at the same location. We liaised with the Guildford group Footpath Secretary as the route crosses our mutual boundary before deciding not to object.
NEARBY PATHS OUTSIDE WOKING BOROUGH
(cases dealt with by Footpath Secretaries of other groups)
This has long been a problem path. On 24 Oct 2018, SCC made a Diversion Order to divert part of this path just to the west of Langshot Stud around different sides of a paddock. The proposed diverted route is actually 9 metres shorter than the existing route! Deadline for any objections was 03 Dec 2018. Outcome awaited.
Front of RHS Gardens (Wisley FP7) – Guildford Borough
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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Sunday 24 February 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 8.7 mile / 14 km walk
Wednesday 27 February 2019Starting at 10:00An easy 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Tuesday 5 March 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Tuesday 12 March 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 6.2 mile / 10 km walk
Friday 15 March 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Tuesday 19 March 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 5.6 mile / 9 km walk