The SevernPosted: May 17, 2014
The predicted Saturday morning rush down to The Severn didn’t happen, in fact we were the only boat heading out. Water tank filled, boat roped, the water disappeared and the gates opened. A short channel before reaching The Severn, with instructions not to swing round too early because of sand banks we finally straightened up and began to plough upstream. What might be a twig on a smaller river suddenly becomes a tree trunk, there was a fair bit of missile dodging involved. Hot, the banks are high and for long stretches there’s little sign of life, perfect for sunbathing. The old church tower at Upton-upon-Severn reached high above the pretty cluster of boats and buildings below. No room at that inn, moorings packed right out. A straight 16 miles it was then, we did check on the temperature gauge a few hundred times but it didn’t budge. Good boat.
Having only eaten the wake of the odd cruiser throughout the day it was surprising to see a flurry of them heading downstream from Worcester. Into Diglis Lock, we rose in next to no time, a deep one requiring rope shimmying on the lock wires.
Lurking while trying to figure if a space on the pontoon moorings before Diglis Basin was 60ft or not, a couple appeared happily offering to move a cruiser along to free up a bit more space, very kind – especially as it wasn’t even their boat! Great mooring although the height of the floating pontoon poles is a little alarming…