Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Close to the Welsh border and founded in 67AD by the Romans, Gloucester has proven to be more interesting than we had expected. The city is the inland terminus of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal which was completed in 1827.  Like many canals, lack of funding was a problem. 

Apparently, at the time of its completion Gloucester was the furthest inland port in England.  The basin at Gloucester Docks were surrounded by numerous warehouses but by the 1970s the area had almost become derelict.  A major rejuvenation took place in the 1980’s and the area now looks very attractive.  I would describe it as a mini version of Liverpool Docks.

Gloucester Dock allows boats transit between the upper River Severn and the Gloucester & Sharpeness Canal. It used to be two separate locks but was rebuilt and enlarged.  We noticed the same with Upper Lode Lock.


Once in the basin we found plenty of vacant floating finger mooring to the left of the upper lock gates.


That’s us moored down in the corner.

I went for a local orientation walk and came upon two dry docks.  Fortunately we won’t need to pay to hire a dock this big.


I was told the boatyard in the basin specializes in old wooden boats.


Some of the dock warehouses have interesting names reflecting the Victorian era (Alexandra, Albert).


Despite some reservations about the patrons from the bar adjacent to our mooring, it proved to be a relatively quiet night.



ditchcrawler said...

I hope you like seagulls

Tom and Jan said...

I guess they re like the ones from head office who used to fly in and cr@p all over us before flying away leaving a mess! 😁

Ade said...

Hi Tom & Jan,
Great see you in our neck of the woods again.
Lots of happy memories of Gloucester, Jack our son studied at university there 2010 to 2013. So we got to know it quite well.
The 1970's shopping centre won't inspire you! The older streets are ok. Gloucester Quays shopping centre is a bit something and nothing.
Your in and around the best bit in my humble opinion.
When/if I get a boat I was thinking of mooring at Sharpness, so if you get down there I'd appreciate your thoughts.
A few points in favour for us 1 hr 20 mins away and connected to main system 3 ways, no need to do the length of the K&A and Thames to get to the system. Also 14 miles of lock free cruising for a weekend trip out. Not forgetting the future connection to the Stroudwater and Thames & Severn, though that maybe some years away.
Also you just missed out on the Saul-Lock open day last weekend looked interesting https://www.facebook.com/pg/cotswoldcanalsrestoration/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1776583882580198
Can only find it on FB unfortunately.
Happy Cruising

Tom and Jan said...

Hi Ade

We will be having a good look as it's unlikely we will be back this way. I've just realised Beta Marina is near here so I might go for a walk to get some filters.