On the Shroppie

We stopped for water by the old Water Travel base near the stop lock. It was getting cold and the wind was picking up so we decided to stop for the night on the mooring by bridge 4. The are rings here but it’s difficult to moor up as there is an underwater ledge. Had

Above Bratch

Early start as it’s a lovely morning.  A pleasant day chugging along the beautiful Staffs & Worcs. We get to the bottom of the Bratch locks at about 3:30. We are third in the queue and the lockie says that there are two coming down, so it will be about an hour before our turn.

I hear thunder!

Arrived about 5:00, quickly unpacked, up through Kidderminster lock then stopped at Sainsburys to stock up for the trip. Moored for the night just before Wolverly Court lock. Speaking to daughter Liz on the phone she said that they have just had a terrific thunderstorm. About an hour later we are stood at the back

Home mooring

We left Worcester at about eightish for our first trip up this part of the Severn. It’s much more attractive than the lower reaches. We arrived at Stourport at 1 o’clock. I had arranged to pick up the keys etc for our new mooring from the BW office. It was difficult to find amid all

Worcester

Uneventful journey up the river. Weather was good for the time of year. We moored by the Sabrina footbridge at about three thirty and spent the rest of the afternoon & evening watching the rowers going up and down. At one point two ‘dragon boats’ appeared and were racing each other – they go pretty

Lower Lode

The next morning whilst we we using the pumpout machine a guy from one of the liveaboards came up and asked us what the commotion was about the previous evening. We told him the story and it seems that the girl’s boyfriend did something similar a few weeks earlier. We moved over to moor on

Gloucester Docks

My sister San, her partner John and my Mum came to see us just after lunch. As Mum isnt very steady on her legs we pulled over to the services area at Slimbridge Boat station for her to get on. We topped up with diesel whilst there. We took them for a little chug up

Patch Bridge

We have stayed here for several days, just doing a few jobs on the boat and people watching. Liz, Simon & the grandchildren came to see us on Sunday, and Caroline, Val & Sophie on Monday.

Purton

We moved down to Purton and Sue & Tom joined us for lunch. Took them for a little chug down towards Sharpness and back. They had to leave as Tom was milking that evening. We then went up to Patch Bridge at Slimbridge where we stayed until Thursday.

Onto the G & S

Today’s aim was to get through Gloucester and onto the G&S canal. The summer opening times of Severn locks are 8:00 – 18:00, so we set off at 8:10 for Lower Lode lock about half a mile away. When we got there we found that there isn’t really anywhere to moor up to wait, so