We needed to move on this morning as we were running out of water; we can always tell when we need water as you have to climb from stern to bow, also we become cruiser like in our buoyancy and bob about at the slightest movement.
The water point was just before the next bridge so we spent what seemed like the whole morning filling up and cleaning the boat and bikes to get rid of the grey dust that we had picked up from the gravel path that had ran alongside our moorings.
We have come on all the way to Sharpness, it was only an hour and half and we were doing the washing so we thought we may as well and then we can stop off where we please on the way back.
I have to say that Sharpness is a bit disappointing after the rest of the canal but we had been told this by almost everyone that we had spoken to. We thought that we could get some provisions from the Co-op, but this alas is no longer trading in these parts.
We did go passed the ‘Dockers Club’ but it was closed and we will not be going back to sample their famous portions, quite a walk and I had already cooked the tea, now that is organisation for you.
We did walk to the end of the canal to where the old entrance used to be and the location of a lifeboat station and a brilliant view up and down the Severn.
End of Canal
Sharpness Marina (Canal)
Over the Severn
We walked back to our boat as the sun was sitting low in the sky, along this section they have beached a number of old barges to protect the bank and presumably the canal.
The barge is just on the other side of the wall from where we are moored. Just along from us is the remains of an old railway bridge that spanned the Severn and the canal, the canal section had a swing bridge to allow tall ships through to Gloucester.
Engine room and Support for Swing Bridge
Old Railway Bridge
The bridge was hit by two barges in 1960, they over shot the Dock entrance in a strong current and brought down a couple of arches, the bridge was never used again as it was considered not financially viable to repair.
Today we did 7.15 Miles and 5 Swing Bridges
Statistics so far:-
884.50 Miles, 656 Locks, 61 Swing Bridges, 47 Lift Bridges, 7 Tunnels.