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The Gloucester - Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester-Sharpness Canal is much wider than the Stroudwater Canal. Opened in 1827, the 16 mile canal was built to enable boats to reach Gloucester Docks and avoid the narrow winding stretch of the River Severn.

Today, the Canal is owned and managed by the Canal & River Trust. It is mainly used by pleasure craft and is a haven for walkers and anglers.

Visiting the Canal

Saul Junction

Saul Junction (GL2 7LA for Sat Nav) sits at the crossroads of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and the Stroudwater Navigation. Narrowboats glide up and down and this beautiful area is a haven for wildlife.

The Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre can be found here, along with parking, refreshments, boat trips and great opportunities for walking.

Sharpness Docks (GL13 9UF for Sat Nav) is one of the most inland ports in Britain and has been the gateway from the River Severn to the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal for almost 200 years. Visitors can see a variety of ships here. The best time to see the most is at high tide, observed from the picnic area overlooking the river.

An array of wetland birds can be seen here and a short walk takes you to the Purton Hulks - the largest ships' graveyard in maritime Britain.

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