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River Wey
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Elstead Bridge, originally built by the monks of Waverley Abbey
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Map of the River Wey
Country England
Counties West Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey
Districts / Boroughs Chichester (district), East Hampshire (district), Waverley, Guildford, Woking, Elmbridge, Runnymede
Towns Farnham, Haslemere, Godalming, Guildford, Weybridge, Alton, Hampshire
Physical characteristics
Main source Farringdon, Alton, East Hampshire, Hampshire
2nd source Black Down, West Sussex, Chichester, West Sussex
River mouth River Thames
Weybridge, Elmbridge, Surrey
Length 140 km (87 mi)
  • Location:
  • Minimum rate:
    1.30 m3/s (46 cu ft/s)12 August 1990
  • Average rate:
    6.76 m3/s (239 cu ft/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    74.8 m3/s (2,640 cu ft/s)29 December 1979
(location 2)
  • Average rate:
    0.73 m3/s (26 cu ft/s)
(location 3)
  • Location:
  • Average rate:
    3.25 m3/s (115 cu ft/s)
(location 4)
  • Average rate:
    5.17 m3/s (183 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 904 km2 (349 sq mi)

The River Wey is a tributary of the River Thames in south east England and one of two major tributaries in Surrey (the other being the River Mole). The name is of unknown origin and meaning. It begins as two branches rising outside the county which join at Tilford between Guildford and Farnham. Once combined the flow is eastwards then northwards via Godalming and Guildford to meet the Thames while in Surrey. The main sub-tributary is the Tillingbourne flowing from the western slopes of Leith Hill in Surrey westwards to a point just south of Guildford between the main village of Shalford and the hamlet of Peasmarsh. Downstream the river forms the backdrop to Newark Priory and Brooklands.

The Wey has a total catchment area of 904 square kilometres (350 sq mi), draining parts of Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. It is navigable from Godalming to its confluence with the Thames as part of the Wey and Godalming Navigations, a trade-minded 17th century canal. The river morphology, biodiversity and flow are well studied, with many places to take samples and record data.

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