TEWKESBURY FROM WORCESTER MARINA
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With a rich, vibrant history and a beautiful waterside setting, there is plenty for everyone to discover in Tewkesbury.
You can take in the stunning scenery by taking a stroll beside the River Severn, or a boat trip along the Avon.
Then head to Tewkesbury Abbey; an imposing feature of the town’s landscape for nearly 900 years. Renowned the world over for its fine Norman tower, ornate 12th Century ceiling and stunning stained glass windows, the Abbey is one of Gloucestershire’s most popular tourist attractions
Discover the worlds largest collection of Worcester Porcelain, and WORCESTER CATHEDRAL is one of England’s loveliest cathedrals. With royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass.
The River Severn is prone to rapid rise and fall in water levels following heavy rainfall, so always check on the CRT website for current conditions.
Remember to stay in the centre of the channel whenever cruising the Severn, but pass other approaching vessels on the right-hand side (port-to-port). Vessels heading downstream (towards Gloucester) should generally have right of way over those travelling upstream
It’s best to approach a mooring with the boat facing into upstream. This will allow you to hold the boat stationery, have better control at very low speed and prevent the boat being swept past your stopping point. So, if you’re heading down stream, you’ll need to pass the mooring and turn your boat around. The River is wide so there is plenty of room for manoeuvering.
When mooring allow for the tide by having slack in your mooring ropes, but tie the boat up firmly .
Moorings on the river are available at:
Upper Lode Lock (above the lock)
Lower Lode Hotel (BW moorings).
Yew Tree Inn (pub moorings).
The Coalhouse Inn at Apperley (pub mooring for one boat)
Haw Bridge (BW plus pub moorings).
The Boat at Ashleworth (pub moorings, fee for overnight)
With the Severn, the locks are not operated by boaters themselves, but by lock keepers who operate the locks using automated hydraulic systems. When the water level under your boat is the same as the level you’re moving to, the gates will open.
See Severn User guide in the links below for more information ,
Bridge and lock opening hours The following hours apply to both locks on the River Severn above Gloucester, and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. Check the notice boards or www.waterways.org.uk for exact dates. Winter 0800 – 1600 (roughly, 22 October – late March ) Spring / Autumn 0800 - 1800 Summer: 0800 - 1900
Note that the bridges at Llanthony and over Gloucester Lock shut during rush hours (08:20 - 09:00 and 16:30 -17:30 on weekdays).
Fretherne Bridge also closes 0820 - 0900 on weekdays during school terms.
No bridges or locks are user-operated. The table below indicates approximate air drafts for boats that will not require the structure opened.
The bridges at High Orchard and Netheridge require 24 hours’ notice to be opened and will only be operated outside “rush hour”. During the period roughly November – March, the canal is closed (other than to commercial traffic) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check the dates on www.waterways.org.uk During this period on Thursdays - Mondays, many keepers will operate two or more structures. If no-one is available at a bridge, there is a contact telephone number posted in the windows of the keeper's hut.
Operation of the Severn locks (other than Gloucester) requires 24 hours’ notice during the winter periods.
Turn right out of Lowesmoor wharf down the Birmingham & Worcester canal & soon you will encounter 2 locks, one called Blockhouse lock, followed by Sidbury lock. which will get you into the swing of things. It takes about an hour to get to Diglis basin, and if time is passing it is best to stop there for the night, and then you will have time to explore the city of Worcester. There is a water point just above Diglis lock.
The Marina is a short walk from the City centre, where you can explore the lovely cathedral dating from 1074. There is a wealth of stained glass and monuments to see including the tomb of King John. Also a good place to visit is the Museum of Worcester Porcelain, which not surprisingly has the largest collection of Worcester Porcelain in the world. The Guildhall in the High street was built in 1721 and has a fantastic elaborate facade with statues of Charles I and II and Queen Anne.
In Friar Street is Greyfriars, dating from 1480, this was one part of a Franciscan priory, and is one of the finest half timbered houses in the country. Charles II escaped from this house after the Battle of Worcester in the civil war in 1651. In the George Marshall Medical museum you can meet the past heroes of medicine. Regular bus service from Crowngate Bus station.
Close to Sidbury lock is the Commandery Civil war Centre, a museum devoted entirely to the story of the Civil War. The museum dates from the reign of Henry 8th and served as Charles 11's HQ before the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
It should take 1 hour from Lowesmoor to Diglis basin
Cruising out of Worcester, you will pass the yacht club, then leave the suburbs at Kempsey. The River wends its way further south, through largely open countryside, with tall, steep red cliffs rising to over 100ft either side, where foliage struggles to grow on the slopes.
The village of Hanley Castle is to your right, and there is a pub here called The Three Kings, in the village centre. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcome, and there is a family room and garden.
A little further along, round the curve, Upton on Severn is located on your right. This is a pretty town with all amenities, including banks, shops and pubs/restaurants, among which are Ye Olde Anchor Inn, The Bell House and The Swan Hotel. If you want more information about Upton on Severn, see the link below. There is mooring here.
A little further you will cruise through a pretty village called Ripple. There is also a pub here called The Railway, which can be reached by following the footpath into the village. Real ale and bar meals are served. There is outside seating and children are welcome.
Shortly, you will go under the M50 bridge, cruising along on a quiet stretch of river, unspoilt by towns and villages. Soon you will enter the suburbs of Tewkesbury, with the main town appearing to your left.
Tewkesbury is a little way from the canal, so you would need to turn off of the Severn to moor up. You can moor just below old Healings Flour Mill to visit Tewkesbury , there is a small charge , don't go through the lock onto the River Avon as you will have to buy the Avon Licence if you do this.
It is 4 hours to here, so plenty of time to spend exploring Tewkesbury.
The town has medieval streets and the high street shops are for the most part, independent.
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NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.
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