Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal runs from the river Severn Navigation at Gloucester to the tidal Severn at Sharpness.  It connected with the Stroudwater Navigation (under restoration) at Saul Junctiuon.  It is 16.5 miles (26.5 km) long and has two locks.

View a boater's guide for the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, put together by IWA Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Branch

The maximum boat size that can navigate the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal is:
length: 213' (65 metres) - Bends in the canal (the lock at Sharpness is over 240' long)
beam: 30' 5" (9.3 metres) - Fretherne Swing Bridge
height: 124' 8" (38.0 metres) - Electricity pylons at Sandfield and Park End
draught: 11' 6" (3.5 metres) - dredged channel on bridge approaches

The locks and swing bridges on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal are operated by lock and bridge keepers (restricted hours).



IWA Branch

Gloucestershire & Herefordshire

Navigation Authority

Canal & River Trust
Head Office
First Floor North
Station House
500 Elder Gate
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB

T: 0303 040 4040
Canal & River Trust website