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Severn Bore
Moderate bores expected around Spring tides 26 - 29 Apr.

Sharpness Port
20 Mar - 24 Mar closure now recheduled for 19 to 22 April. By arrangement leisure craft may use the lock 1 hour either side of high water on 21 and 22 Apr.
Source:Canal &River Trust.

River Severn, Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

Opening hours for locks and bridges are 0800 - 1800 hours. Contact Gloucester Lock for all enquiries.
Source: Canal & River Trust.

River Severn Levels
For up-to-date river levels and/or flood warnings, refer to the Environment Agency website (see under 'Organisations' in Severn Boating Links).
Caution :  river levels can rise very rapidly after heavy rain anywhere in the large Severn catchment area.  For lock availability, contact Lock Keeper by VHF or telephone.

Services to Boaters
Information and services to boaters available from Gloucester Waterways Museum from 11.00 - 1500 hours each day.
Source: Canal & River Trust.

Boating Formulas
For boating formulas you once knew but may have forgotten see Boating Formulas.

Tips for winter boating
For river boating on a major river in winter see Out of season boating.

Bulk Freight transport
Cemex will continue shipping sand and gravel aggregate on the River Severn to their processing plant at Ryall's House Farm quarry. Sand and gravel will be transported from a new quarry and wharf at Ryall's Court to the north of Upton.

For photographs see freight transport

Droitwich Barge Canal/River Severn
Barge Canal has access from River Severn north east of Bevere Lock.   Air draught is very restricted and access to the inland canal system only possible for narrow boats.

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VHF Check
If you transmit on VHF your boat name, owner and licence details, and call sign can be checked on the official database.

Weather Forecasts
For locality specific weather forecasts go to Bristol Channel or Severn Boating Links.

Marine Safety Information
Voice VHF for Bristol Channel broadcast at 3 hour intervals starting at 0150 hours. Severn bridge aerial on VHF channel 86.
Source: Marine & Coastguard Agency.

Sea Locks Sharpness and Bristol
Heavily tide dependent; lock and swing bridges require prior arrangement by telephone or VHF.

Moon Phases
Full Moon 11 Apr&nbs; New Moon 26 Apr.

Spring tides occur two days after new or full moon.

For online daily tide times at Avonmouth and other locations in Bristol Channel see under 'Nautical Matters' in Severn boating links

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For links to sources and organisations relevant to boating on the River Severn, Sharpness canal and Bristol Channel go to Severn boating links

For locations and sketch maps see River Severn,  the Sharpness canalSevern Estuary  and  Bristol Channel.  For boating events go to Ports of Call

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