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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal runs from the River Severn Navigation at Gloucester to the tidal Severn at Sharpness.

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Facts & stats

16.5 miles

(26.5 km)

The length o the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal that is navigable.

2 locks

+ Swing bridges

From Gloucester to Sharpeness

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 Junction.

View our boater’s guide for the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

 

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • 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

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust

useful info

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

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