Thursday, 11 September 2014

Gloucester to Patch

We left Gloucester dock after a two night stay (moorings there are limited to 48hrs) and moved south through Llanthany Road

lift bridge and directly on to the service pontoon which is immediately next to the bridge.   All the bridges across the Sharpness and Gloucester canal are ‘manned’ all you do is watch the traffic lights which are red; stay where you are, or flashing red; I am aware of you and getting the bridge ready and green; you are free to go through and give me a wave!

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On the Llanthony road service pontoon

Once serviced the next stop was  Sainsbury’s which is just just a little further along the canal with moorings outside..

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NB Oakdale, fellow bloggers moored just by Sainsbury’s

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Joe hovers Yarwood while we wait for the bridge keeper to swing the bridge open

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One of the porticoed bridge keepers houses

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Another porticoed bridge keepers abode

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A C&RT operative winding closed a swing bridge as Yarwood passes through

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This is for Amy and James, another Severner folks

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Approaching Patch Bridge, our destination.  The bridge is being opened to allow us through

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Moored, Shepherds Patch Slimbridge

We were aiming to get to Shepherds  Patch as friends Val and Alan were dragging their shed (caravan) across country from Lincolnshire and mooring up in the caravan site that is immediately adjacent to the canal.  This was an opportunity to spend a bit of time with them and we aim to linger here for the week while they are holidaying.

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