Another early start for us, leaving Worcester at 9:10 we passed Worcester Bridge and the resident colony of swans below it.
At Diglis Lock we followed another narrowboat in , they were headed for Upton on Severn for the Jazz Festival so they let us go first.
The scenery on the Severn often consists of tree covered banks which don’t afford much of a view, occasionally there are caravan parks often accompanied by moorings; more cruisers than narrowboats of course.
As we were travelling with the flow we could make good speed but nothing like as much as the narrowboat coming upstream with it’s Lister engine happily flat out; we rode it’s wash for what seemed like half a mile.
Severn Bank House is visible in the distance for quite a while.
The house was built for the Earls of Coventry. The present house dates largely from around 1830 when it was rebuilt on an 18th century core. [according to Geograph]
Also near here is Severn End, but we didn’t get a photo so here’s one from Geograph.
Of particular interest to P.G. Wodehouse aficionados [me included] as according to Pearson’s Guide, it was “the model for ‘Brinkley Court’ the country seat of Bertie Wooster’s Aunt Dahlia…. Wodehouse’s real aunt was married to the vicar at Hanley Castle”
Shortly after a gravel barge was loading and it was interesting to see several more working the Severn commercially. As we went through Upton-on-Severn we met one of these who sounded it’s horn imperiously as it passed the entrance to Upton Marina.
Upton seemed quiet despite the festival, and very few moored boats, perhaps they were busy preparing for the main events on the weekend.
Soon Mythe Bridge came into view signalling we were at Tewkesbury, we had intended to stop here overnight but since it was only just after mid-day we decided to press on.
Upper Lode Lock, I believe, is the biggest inland lock in the UK but it was very gentle in lowering us down a couple of feet hardly needing us to tie up. By now the temperature must have been in the 30s.
We plodded on for another half an hour and then stopped for lunch at The Yew Tree Inn, a Cheese and Onion baguette and Cheesy Chips.
As we left a gentleman was coming into the sailing club next door [see header photo]
The Yew Tree proved to be a good choice as although there are a number of riverside pubs most of their moorings were occupied. I would have liked to visit The Boat Inn at Ashleworth as back in the 1970s I used to have lunch there when servicing the forklift at Permali’s outlying factory in the village, along with Ted Watkins the factory stores foreman. I recall a proper ploughman’s lunch, a thick chunk of bread, a generous piece of cheese, pickled onions and an apple, (no poncey salad to fill up the plate) Ted always used to produce his penknife to consume his!
By quarter past three we were at The Upper Partings, where we had to bear left and ring Gloucester Dock to let them know we were arriving and sure enough, half an hour later the lock gates were opening ready for us. The lock raised us up to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and after filling our water tank we moored up on one of the pontoons, opposite ‘Greek on the Docks’ restaurant.
Later Jeremy, Louise and Iona came to visit and we
enjoyed endured a meal at the Lord High Constable of England, the local Wetherspoons, it was a busy evening and despite ordering via their app, the service was slow and the food arrived before our drinks so we had to go and chase them up, only to find our tray was sat on the bar!
Never mind, we’ll try the Greek restaurant tomorrow.
Total distance:29.93 miles
Average speed:4.35 mph (4.78 lock/mph)