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

Opening times notice: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, River Severn Navigation, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - — from Monday the 26th of March, 2018 to Tuesday the 26th of March, 2019.

Update on 01/11/2018: Opening hours for the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal from 26th March 2018 – 24th March 2019 Monday 1st November to 24th March 2019 - 08:00 to 16:00 Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Canal and River Severn will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During this period the following Locks will be unmanned: Lincomb, Holt, Bevere, Diglis and Upper lode. Lock bookings for the River Severn from can be requested by calling Gloucester Lock, 24 hours prior to passage on 01452 310832. For passage through Sims and Rea Bridges contact Hempstead Bridge on 01452 521880. For passage through Cambridge Bridge contact Patch Bridge 01453 890324. For passage through Sellars Bridge contact Parkend Bridge on 01452 720016.  

Notification sent Thursday the 1st of November, 2018


Opening times notice: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, River Severn Navigation, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - — from Monday the 26th of March, 2018 to Tuesday the 26th of March, 2019.

Update on 01/11/2018: Opening hours for the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal from 26th March 2018 – 24th March 2019 Monday 1st November to 24th March 2019 - 08:00 to 16:00 Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Canal and River Severn will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During this period the following Locks will be unmanned: Lincomb, Holt, Bevere, Diglis and Upper lode. Lock bookings for the River Severn from can be requested by calling Gloucester Lock, 24 hours prior to passage on 01452 310832. For passage through Sims and Rea Bridges contact Hempstead Bridge on 01452 521880. For passage through Cambridge Bridge contact Patch Bridge 01453 890324. For passage through Sellars Bridge contact Parkend Bridge on 01452 720016.  

Notification sent Thursday the 1st of November, 2018


Opening times notice: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, River Severn Navigation, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - — from Monday the 26th of March, 2018 to Tuesday the 26th of March, 2019.

Update on 01/11/2018: Opening hours for the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal from 26th March 2018 – 24th March 2019 Monday 1st November to 24th March 2019 - 08:00 to 16:00 Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Canal and River Severn will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During this period the following Locks will be unmanned: Lincomb, Holt, Bevere, Diglis and Upper lode. Lock bookings for the River Severn from can be requested by calling Gloucester Lock, 24 hours prior to passage on 01452 310832. For passage through Sims and Rea Bridges contact Hempstead Bridge on 01452 521880. For passage through Cambridge Bridge contact Patch Bridge 01453 890324. For passage through Sellars Bridge contact Parkend Bridge on 01452 720016.  

Notification sent Thursday the 1st of November, 2018


Advice notice: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open - Access, Between North and South Points — from Friday the 28th of September, 2018 to Saturday the 28th of September, 2019.

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

 
 
 

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.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Gloucester and Sharpness Canal
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Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:33