A stopover in Guildford

Another early start yesterday (day before yesterday now as I’ve been slack about finishing this post) and we pootled along from Pyrford to Guildford. About six locks, all in lovely locations.


At Newark Lock you catch a glimpse of Newark Priory.

Newark Abbey

We’ve got a book detailing circular walks based around the river and one of them includes the priory – definitely going to be having a go at that one on the way back down.

Papercourt Lock will ever live in my memory as Papercut Lock. We we spotted this unusual steam narrowboat whose boiler is powered by diesel.


20140702_095120 We also passed the delightfully named Marrow Boat sporting it’s own Marrow Barrow.

MarrowBoat   …and the replica steam tug Frodsham.


Despite arriving just after lunchtime we managed to visit the castle which is undergoing renovation and is swathed in scaffolding. You can get to the top but the views are spoiled a bit by a fencing cage and scaffolding. I got a couple of shots from lower levels.


The castle gardens and beyond


The Cathedral on the hill opposite the castle

We also managed to wander around and have a look at some of the lovely buildings and statues in the town.


The Guildhall


The Inner Court of Abbot’s Hospital which has housed local poor and elderly people since 1619

I couldn’t take a photograph of the whole of the facade of the Abbot’s Hospital building so I attempted an upright panorama. Didn’t quite work but it’d rival the leaning tower of Pisa as a tourist attraction if it really did look like this!



The Surrey Scholar


Gordon and the Bargeman


Lewis Carrol had connections with Guildford and this statue represents Alice and the white rabbit


A lovely day and the gardens around Millmead lock are very busy

We probably didn’t give Guildford enough time on this occasion but with only a week on the waterway we decided to move on to Godalming the next morning. Hopefully we can have another visit on our way back down.









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