The Club kicks off the “Cruise in Company” season with the now traditional Easter trip to Gloucester Docks. This takes us along the Gloucester Sharpness Canal, a beautiful stretch of water described by the Canal and River Trust so:
“Its immense swing-bridges and ornate bridge-keepers’ houses add to its unique identity. It connects Gloucester to Sharpness, allowing boats to bypass a treacherous stretch of the River Severn. From the canal, there are spectacular views of the Severn Estuary, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds.
The tidal parts of the Severn are alive with wildlife, especially coastal birds. At Slimbridge, the headquarters of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, vast flocks of thousands of migrant birds visit each winter.
At Gloucester Docks, you can get a real sense of the canal’s cargo-carrying heritage. Listed warehouses have been converted into shops and leisure facilities, and the marina is still busy with boats. The Gloucester Waterways Museum tells the story of the canal and has a fascinating collection of historic boats.”
There are a good few pubs and cafes along the way, as well as bars and reastaurants in picturesque Gloucester Docks itself.
See Skippers Notes here (NB. The tel. no for Sharpness, VHF Channel 13, should read 01453 511968)