River Severn to Worcester-  6th July 2022

The River Severn (at 220 miles (354 km) long, is the longest river in Great Britain. It is also the river with the most voluminous flow of water by far in all of England and Wales, with an average flow rate of 107 m3/s (3,800 cu ft/s). It rises in the Cambrian Mountains in mid Wales, at an altitude of 2,001 feet (610 m), on the Plynlimon massif, which lies close to the Ceredigion/Powys border near Llanidloes. The river then flows through ShropshireWorcestershire and Gloucestershire. The county towns of ShrewsburyGloucester and the City of Worcester lie on its course.

After detangling ourselves from the other three boats surrounding us, we headed out through the two sets of double locks down onto the river. We did manage to head off by 9.00am, therefore making our arrival in Worcester about 1.00pm

There are locks on the lower Severn to enable seagoing boats to reach as far as Stourport which is where we are leaving from. We have three river locks in total to Worcester and this was our first one.

It can be very tricky getting into the locks as well as lining up the boat so that both the front and back are secured. We always seem to get into a bit of a dither.

It is so much easier when all the work of the gates and paddles are done for you but then again, you couldn’t operate these huge doors yourself.

Cruising rivers are not the most fun thing to do as there are high banks which you cannot see over and huge trees that obscure your view. To see another boat is enthralling….

This guy gave us a bit of a fright, as he just seemed to appear out of no where.

It is frequently asserted that the river’s estuary, which empties into the Bristol Channel, has the second largest tidal range in the world—48 feet (15 m), exceeded only by the Bay of Fundy in Canada.

We met this delightful older chap who had lived on his boat for 16 years with his very old dog Charlie who was over 17 years of age.

The pole in this photo is all part of the floating dock. It does give you some idea as to how high the river can flood. The holiday homes in the background are also on stilts.

We remember when we came into Worcester back in 2016, how charming the approach is to the city with the stone bridge and then Worcester Cathedral.

The river does have a very dark side to it though.

Same bridge but in flood.

Another reminder that you are in Worcester is the plethora of swans around the city center. For many years the area on the River Severn between the railway viaduct and the Worcester Cathedral Ferry has been designated as a Swan Sanctuary. There is now a large and healthy population of Mute Swans on the water.

Found this fun shot of the swans in Worcester paddling down the street when the river has been in flood.

The afternoon was spent with Di getting a haircut and generally relaxing.

2 thoughts on “River Severn to Worcester-  6th July 2022

  1. Hi Guys

    The flowers on the roof are amazing! Did you give them marihuana to grow so pretty? 😉

    Today we signed the contract for “Old Gilly” and next week will be the survey and we will be in Utrecht to Take Part in the testcruise and when she is Out of the water. We are quite thrilled.

    When you go to Gloucester and Sharpness, don’t miss the National waterways Museum in the Docks and Frampton on Severn, a 15 minutes Walk from the Canal, but with one of the largest Village Greens in the UK.

    In one week you’re already half way, time flies !!!

    Enjoy every Moment, it will be the Last Tour with ANGIE

    Love from W & M


    1. Hi W+M, excellent news on adding Old Gilly to your maritime Armada. She certainly looks like a lovely boat and the fact that there is room for four is ……..great! We have indeed been feeding the plants “crack” and with all the sunshine at the moment, they are surging ahead. We did the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester this morning – we found it watered down compared to the Ellesmere museum but entertaining. We are moored at Frampton now but won’t go into the town until later this evening as it is too hot at present. Olinda is moored up a short way ahead so we will knock on their boat on our way into town. Congratulations on your great news!!! Love your future retired lock slaves.


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