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


Navigation closure notice: River Severn Navigation, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Lock 2 Gloucester Lock — from Monday the 14th of January, 2019 to Tuesday the 14th of January, 2020.

Update on 15/03/2019:

Update - 15/03/2019

Divers have been working in difficult circumstances to clear the silt and obstructions around the lower lock gates. This work will continue next week. At the same time the detailed survey has commenced.

The high tides expected on the River Severn next week will potentially delay this work due to safety concerns.

We expect to begin installation of the dams, mentioned in our previous update, on the w/c 25 March.

We appreciate that this is a frustrating time for people needing to use the lock and very much appreciate everyone’s patience while we continue to complete the repairs.

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

Update on 08/03/2019:

Update - 08/03/2019

Following difficulty encountered in achieving a safe environment for us to be able to repair the lock, we have now have a solution to making the lock water-tight. 

On Tuesday next week (12/03/2019) divers will be used to remove existing obstructions and silt from around the lock gates. This will allow us to complete a detailed underwater survey which in turn will enable our engineers to design a dam that can be installed below the lock. We expect this clearance and design work to enable us to begin installation of the dams on the w/c 25 March. From this point we will be in a position to assess the length of time the repairs will take.

 We appreciate that this is a frustrating time for all users of the Canal and River and very much appreciate everyone’s patience while we continue to effect a repair.

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

Update on 03/03/2019:

Update - 01/03/2019

Despite success in removing water from the lock by using high capacity pumps, we are currently unable to make the lock watertight (water is leaking in from both the canal and river). This means we can’t create a safe working area for our teams to carry out the required repairs.

We are now exploring alternatives with a specialist diving team and hopeful of developing a solution which will avoid the need for large dams and the time and financial cost these would incur.

We appreciate that this is a frustrating time for anyone wishing to move vessels between the Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, and very much appreciate everyone’s patience while we continue to find an answer.

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

Update on 18/02/2019:

Update -

The new high capacity pumps have now been installed at the lock and successfully tested.

The diving team have been able to start work on repairing the leaks in the cill preparatory to dewatering the lock, however the high tides expected on the River Severn this week will delay this work due to safety concerns and the risk to the work boats on site.

We will report any further progress as it occurs, but our timeline for completion is still uncertain.

For further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Update on 08/02/2019:

Update -

Regrettably de-watering Gloucester Lock has continued to prove challenging this week due to the amount of water flowing through the leaks.

Different pumps have been ordered to counteract this issue and we will be ready to de-water the lock next Wednesday 13th February. Meanwhile we are continuing to finalise our preparations so that when the equipment arrives we can start work immediately.  

We will report next week on any further progress, but out timeline for completion is still uncertain and still possibly reaching beyond 18th February.

For further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Update on 01/02/2019:

Update -

Despite our best efforts this week, we have been unable to dewater Gloucester Lock due to the high rate of inflow of water from both the top end (top gate/paddles) and the bottom end of the safety gate.

So next week we are going to improve the water tightness at both ends with the intent to facilitate dewatering the lock and effecting repairs to the cills. We expect to be able to start this by 11th February. Regrettably this may mean the stoppage extending beyond w/c 18th February.

We will keep you informed of any updates as they occur. Please take this closure into account when planning your journey.

For further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Update on 23/01/2019:

Update - The work to address the problem at Gloucester Lock is due to commence on 28th January when it will be dewatered and the extent of the remedial work required will be established.

To facilitate this emergency work we have diverted resources from the planned work at Holt Lock which will now be deferred to a later date.

It is anticipated that the work at Gloucester Lock will be completed by 15th February, however, this timeline does depend on what our Direct Services Team find on the 28th January.

We will keep you informed of any updates as they occur. Please take this closure into account when planning your journey.

For further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.

Please be advised that Gloucester Lock is currently closed until further notice for customer safety. A severe leak under the lock has made control over the water levels in the lock impossible, putting an excessive load on the top gates and making passage unsafe.

We will keep you informed of any updates as they occur. Please take this closure into account when planning your journey.

For further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Thank you.

Notification sent Tuesday the 15th of January, 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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