Tewksbury to Stourport

We left our mooring just before 8.00am but sadly the lock-keeper was late in opening up, so we had to hover until she was ready, I think Geoff using the bow-thruster got her out of bed, anyway when she did

Cows trying to keep cool

Cows trying to keep cool

arrive we were quickly through the lock, and now we were on the River Severn.

The River is very wide and sadly not as interesting as the River Avon,flanked by wooded banks that prevent any views of the countryside. There are few signs of habitation or human activity apart from the occasional boat and anglers. Between

Busy at work

Busy at work

Ripple Wharf and Ryall there are regular

Before being loaded

Before being loaded

aggregate traffic, so we had to watch out for the barges back and forth.

We stopped at Upton-on-Severn, a delightful town that is well provided with fascinating old timbered and early Georgian buildings, and nearby is the prominent 13th

Heritage centre

Heritage centre

century tower with its 18th century copper

Main high street

Main high street

covered cupola, all that remains of the church that was demolished in 1937. Such a pretty place glad we stopped now.

One of the old buildings

One of the old buildings

Back to the boat and heading for Worcester, first we came to Diglis

Diglis Locks

Diglis Locks

locks, well they were huge, one held 54,000 gallons of water, and the one we went in

Made us look very small

Made us look very small

held 38,000 gallons, I have never seen such huge locks. We left the lock and travelled into Worcester, where the Cathedral came into view, the big square tower dominates the riverside.

Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral

We have been to Worcester many times, also being married there, so we decided to give it a miss this time, and travel on.

Worcester

Worcester

We passed the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, and the Droitwich Barge Canal where Simon and Margaret would have turned off, and kept going passing Thomas

Thomas Telford bridge

Thomas Telford bridge

Telford Holt Fleet Bridge, which dates back to the 1830’s, until we finally
Arrived at Stourport on Severn where we stopped the night.

I wanted to keep going, and get back onto the canals, out of all the places we have been I was not impressed with the
River Severn, I found it rather boring, I did enjoy going through Worcester, but glad we will be back on the canals tomorrow.

Looking over the basin at dusk.

Looking over the basin at dusk.

We walked around after dinner, having a look at the triple locks we have todo tomorrow and where the facilities are, we then went for a drink in the Angel pub, and back to the boat for an early night.

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