River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal DVDs

I am pleased to say our River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal DVDs have just been released.

River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal DVD Cover (combined version)

The River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal DVDs are available in our usual three formats:-

  • Popular – like a television programme showing the highlights of the canal
  • Bowcam – a forward facing camera, speeded up for a little fun, showing the whole canal
  • Combined – both Popular and Bowcam in one box for the best of both worlds, saving money and postage.
River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal DVDsPopular, Bowcam and Combined (left to right)

Starting in Bristol, we’ll cruise under the Clifton Suspension Bridge as the tide takes us down the River Avon, to the Severn Estuary and the marina at Portishead.
With our pilot, we’ll cruise up the River Severn from Portishead, passing under the two road suspension bridges, to reach Sharpness.
The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal will lead us past Saul Junction to Gloucester.
Re-joining the River Severn, we’ll continue upstream, passing Tewkesbury and Worcester to reach Stourport.

Route covered by the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal DVDs

The Popular and Combined DVDs each include an information booklet and a fold-out map.

Contents of the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal Combined DVD. Includes both Popular and Bowcam discs, a fold-out map and an information booklet.

Enjoy these waterways from the comfort of your armchair. These River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal DVDs, or any others from our range of waterway DVDs, are great for planning your cruise, or just for fun.

We also have the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal Maps which are available to download in both Acrobat (pdf) and Memory-Map (qct) formats.

Extract from River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal Maps.

The River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal Maps are also available on CD in a presentation box which makes them ideal for giving as a present.

River Severn and Basingstoke Canal Map presentation box (thin DVD size)

Level Access

The Canal & River Trust (CRT) issued an email this morning saying that the River Severn was now navigable after being in flood for several days.

The water levels were very raised when cycled there a few days ago, including the Droitwich Barge Canal and part of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal as I checked the data for my maps.

The recently installed sign at Droitwich Barge Canal’s Lock 2 had two flashing red lights in the “Do Not Proceed” indications although, despite numerous attempts, I couldn’t get them to show in the photos.

Strong Stream Information at Droitwich Barge Canal Lock 2.
Strong Stream Information at Droitwich Barge Canal Lock 2.

At Lock 1 of the Droitwich Barge Canal, which leads to Hawford Junction and the River Severn, the water was level across the lock and anyone foolish enough to try navigating could have opened both sets of gates and cruised straight through.

Raised water levels at Droitwich Barge Canal Lock 1.

I doubt they would have had enough power to navigate upstream and they would have been travelling at more than ten miles per hour when they hit the first obstruction or low bridge downstream.

At Worcester, the water was level with the “towpath” and well over it in places.

Raised water levels in Worcester.

You wouldn’t have been able to get a narrowboat under that bridge.

Raised water levels in Worcester.

At Diglis Junction, where the Worcester & Birmingham Canal meets the River Severn, the water was near the top of the walls which are usually high above boaters.

Raised water levels at Diglis Junction.

That swing bridge would have needed opening for any boats to pass through but it’s normally so high that even vessels with short masts can pass under.

As with the Barge Canal, foolish boaters could have opened both sets of gates at the same time at Lock 1 on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to cruise onto the River Severn.

Raised water levels at Worcester & Birmingham Canal Lock 1.

The map updates discovered on this trip are now on the master map ready for publication in the April 2018 monthly update for my cruising maps.