Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal is a commercial waterway and is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain. It runs for 16 miles and 2¼ furlongs through 2 locks from Sharpness Junction (where it joins the River Severn (old river navigation) and the River Severn (tidal section)) to Gloucester / Sharpness - Severn Junction (where it joins the River Severn (old river navigation) and the River Severn (main river - Worcester to Gloucester)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 213 feet and 3 inches long and 35 feet and 4 inches wide. The maximum headroom is 124 feet and 8 inches. The maximum draught is 11 feet and 6 inches.

It has a junction with the Cotswold Canals (Stroudwater Navigation - Navigable Section) and the Cotswold Canals (Stroudwater Navigation - Abandoned Section) at Saul Junction.

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Sharpness Junction
Junction of Gloucester and Sharpness Ship Canal with the River Severn
Tidal Basin Gates 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Tidal Basin 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Sharpness Lock 3¾ furlongs 0 locks
Sharpness Docks, Upper Basin 4½ furlongs 1 lock
Low Level Swing Bridge 6¼ furlongs 1 lock
High Level Swing Bridge
Entrance to Sharpness Docks, an area of 20 Acres
6¾ furlongs 1 lock
Sharpness Barge Arm
Junction of old and new lines of canal. Visitor Moorings
7¼ furlongs 1 lock
Severn Railway Bridge Site
Former railway crossing
1 mile and 2 furlongs 1 lock
Purton Timber Pond 1 mile and 6¼ furlongs 1 lock
Purton Lower Bridge 2 miles and 2½ furlongs 1 lock
Purton Upper Bridge 2 miles and 3¼ furlongs 1 lock
Patch Bridge
The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Slimbridge is a short walk from here
4 miles and 6 furlongs 1 lock
Cambridge Arms Bridge 5 miles and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Junction with Cambridge Feeder Branch 5 miles and 4¾ furlongs 1 lock
Splatt Bridge 6 miles and 5 furlongs 1 lock
Fretherne Bridge
Frampton on Severn
7 miles and 5¾ furlongs 1 lock
APC Fuels depot
Diesel & Gas available
7 miles and 7 furlongs 1 lock
Sandfield Bridge
Grain Silos
8 miles and 2 furlongs 1 lock
Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre - Saul Junction 8 miles and 2¾ furlongs 1 lock
Saul Junction Winding Hole 8 miles and 3¾ furlongs 1 lock
Saul Junction
Junction of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal with the Stroudwater Navigation
8 miles and 4 furlongs 1 lock
Saul Junction Footbridge 8 miles and 4 furlongs 1 lock
Site of Pegthorne Bridge
Bridge removed
9 miles and ¾ furlongs 1 lock
Pegthorne Bridge Winding Hole 9 miles and 1 furlong 1 lock
Parkend Bridge 10 miles and ¾ furlongs 1 lock
Site of Hardwicke Bridge 11 miles and 4¾ furlongs 1 lock
Sellars Bridge 12 miles and 2 furlongs 1 lock
Quedgeley Oil Depot 12 miles and 3½ furlongs 1 lock
Rea Bridge 13 miles and 5½ furlongs 1 lock
Sims Bridge 14 miles and ½ furlongs 1 lock
Two Mile Bend West Arm
Old section of Two Mile Bend
14 miles and 1½ furlongs 1 lock
Netheridge Bridge
Crosses a new cut at Two Mile Bend
14 miles and 2½ furlongs 1 lock
Two Mile Bend East Arm
Old section of Two Mile Bend
14 miles and 3¼ furlongs 1 lock
Gloucester Rowing Club 14 miles and 5¼ furlongs 1 lock
Hempsted Bridge
No access to vehicular traffic since the opening of Netheridge Bridge
14 miles and 7½ furlongs 1 lock
Monk Meadow Wharf 15 miles and 4 furlongs 1 lock
Monk Meadow Dock 15 miles and 5¾ furlongs 1 lock
High Orchard Bridge
New lift bridge opened to traffic on 23 Nov 2008
15 miles and 7 furlongs 1 lock
Llanthony Pontoons 16 miles 1 lock
Llanthony Road Bridge 16 miles and 1 furlong 1 lock
Gloucester Waterways Museum Arm 16 miles and 1¼ furlongs 1 lock
Gloucester Docks
Waterways Office (South Wales and Severn Waterways) - Canal & River Trust (Water area of 14 acres)
16 miles and 1½ furlongs 1 lock
Victoria Docks 16 miles and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Waterways Office (South Wales and Severn Waterways) - Canal & River Trust 16 miles and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Gloucester Dock Lock 16 miles and 2 furlongs 1 lock
Gloucester / Sharpness - Severn Junction
Junction of Gloucester and Sharpness Canal with River Severn
16 miles and 2¼ furlongs 2 locks
 
 
 
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Navigational note
Note last updated Sunday the 14th of January, 2018

Advice notice: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Access, Between North and South Points — from Friday the 28th of September, 2018 to Friday the 8th of May, 2020.

We are currently experiencing a build-up of silt in the main Gloucester Basin. Available depth ranges from 1.50m to 2.00m across the basin. We are in the process of looking to bring forward our planned January dredging programme in response to this situation. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and advise boaters to exercise caution navigating the basin. Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see - or contact - Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or Customer Service Desk on 03030 404040 Or you can e-mail - enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk In the case of an emergency please ring Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947  

Notification sent Monday the 5th of November, 2018


Event notice: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Sharpness Tidal Basin to Water Point, Bridge 24, Llanthony — from Friday the 17th of May, 2019 to Tuesday the 28th of May, 2019.

Update on 17/05/2019: Update Boat transit through the docks during the Tall Ships Festival Please be aware that boat transit through the Docks during the Tall Ships Festival will be restricted to the following times: Friday 24th May – From 1pm onwards please expect delays due to Festival installation activities. Saturday 25th May – 7am to 8am, 12pm to 1pm, 6pm to 7pm Upper Lode Lock on the River Severn will be open at 6am to allow vessels to navigate to Gloucester in time to transit. Sunday 26th May - 7am to 8am, 12pm to 1pm, 6pm to 7pm Upper Lode Lock on the River Severn will be open at 6am to allow vessels to navigate to Gloucester in time to transit. Monday 27th May – 7am to 8am, 12pm to 1pm, 5pm to 7pm Thank you for your help in advance and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see - Or you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk Or you can ring the Canal & River Trust on - 0303 0404040. In the case of an emergency please ring Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947 Information notice  Tall Ships arrival on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal Organisers are currently finalising ships arrival/departure dates and times on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and into Gloucester Docks. As this information becomes available we will publicise it here. Please ensure priority is given to the tall ships at all times and follow the advice of Canal & River Trust bridge-keepers who will be assisting with passage. If you have a VHF Radio please keep this switched on for regular updates. (Channel 74) Boats moored along the canal are advised that the tall ships may cause a significant wash and should consider this when mooring their vessels. Visitor Moorings (in the Dock) All visitor moorings within the dock basin will be suspended from 12 noon on Thursday 23 May to 5pm on Monday 27 May.  Visitor Moorings (outside the Dock) Bakers Quay 48hr moorings (south of Llanthony Bridge) will only have 25m of mooring available, on a first come first served basis. No booking is possible. If you are planning to visit the Tall Ships event we strongly advise you call 01452 312143 (Llanthony Bridge 8am to 7pm) in advance to check availability. Boat travel through the docks Please be aware that boat travel through the Docks during the Tall Ships Festival will be only permitted at the following times: Saturday 25 May – 7am to 10am, 12pm to 1pm, 6pm to 7pm Sunday 26 May - 7am to 10am, 12pm to 1pm, 6pm to 7pm Monday 27 May – 7am to 10am, 12pm to 1pm, 6pm to 7pm Further updates will follow Thank you for your help in advance and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see - Or you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk Or you can ring the Canal & River Trust on - 0303 0404040. In the case of an emergency please ring Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947  

Notification sent Friday the 17th of May, 2019

 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal or Gloucester and Berkeley Canal is a canal in the west of England, between Gloucester and Sharpness; for much of its length it runs close to the tidal River Severn, but cuts off a significant loop in the river, at a once-dangerous bend near Arlingham. It was once the broadest and deepest canal in the world. The canal is 26.5km (16.5 miles) long.

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Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:33