Gloucester Docks are not my favourite mooring, the pontoons are very nice and so are the surroundings but not all the Seagulls that make a horrendous noise from dawn to dusk as well as carrying out bombing runs.
It was a late start this morning after a visit to the lock keeper to discuss the tides next week when we want to leave, they will be high enough to top the weirs so we need to be clear of the Upper Parting before the incoming tide reaches there. Its a 3 Star Bore on Sunday night. We then walked to Sainsbury’s for some odds and ends only to find we could moor outside.
We pushed off about 1230 hrs tagging behind another boat waiting for Llanthony Bridge to lift. Between Llanthony Bridge and the new High Orchard bridge there is a Light Ship that is up for sale if anyone wants an interesting vessel. The new Sainsbury’s is right beside High Orchard Bridge and has 4hr moorings right outside the door.
Not long after this we came to our first manual swing bridge, some are mechanised but some still require the bridge keeper to put his back into it.
Some children were enjoying the afternoon sunshine, did i tell you the sun was shining today, no rain at all. They were on a short disused arm that use to be the crossing point for an old bridge. I am not sure what they had for a raft, probably something they shouldn't have.
I am not sure if this a floating work of art or a nursery for CRT to grow reeds to plant along the canal, or it may just be the case they never got round to unloading the dredging after last time they used it.
Other kids were also enjoying the warm weather in a more official way, these ones were in their canoes where as these les fortunate ones where on a boat trip, I think they were all enjoying themselves with The Willow Trust. http://www.willowtrust.org/ We carried on a bit further to Patch Bridge which is close to the Slimbridge Bird sanctuary where we have actually got a BBQ on the go, first this year.
11¾ miles in 3¼ hours