GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

16 miles (26 km)

Enjoy cycling and walking along the towpath of this lovely canal in Gloucestershire. The whole of the route is suitable for walkers while cyclists can enjoy several sections as well. National Cycle Route 41 of the National Cycle Networkruns along the canal from Gloucester Docks to the outskirts of the city. There's also another section from Frampton on Severn to Shepherd's Patch.
The canal runs from Gloucester Docks to Sharpness with wonderful views of the Severn Estuary, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds. Route highlights include Gloucester Docks with its variety of shops, leisure facilities, marina and fascinating Gloucester Waterways Museum. You will also pass the wonderful Slimbridge Wetland Centre where you can see thousands of migrant birds. The route finishes at the dock of Sharpness Port which was opened in 1874.
The canal links nicely with the River Severn in several places so you have the option of picking up the Severn Way and continuing your walk.
Just before the end of the route at Sharpness you will pass the Purton Hulks. Here you will pass a number of abandoned boats deliberately beached beside theRiver Severn to reinforce the river banks next to the canal.

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


At the docks in Gloucester there's a number of nice places for refreshment including Dr Foster's Waterfront Bar & Restaurant. There's a large conservatory with views to the water and a good menu here. You can find them at the Kimberley Warehouse with a postcode of GL1 2ES for your sat navs. The pub is dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Walk around Gloucester starts at the famous cathedral and visits the docks, the canal and the River Severn.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Homes on the Gloucester and Sharpness canal - - 124454

Homes on the Gloucester and Sharpness canal. Narrow boats and homes on the Gloucester and Sharpness canal close to Sellars bridge. 6kms from Gloucester docks.

Earl of Pembroke on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal 05

Earl of Pembroke on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. The wooden, three-mastedbarque, is currently used for maritime festivals, charters, charity fund raising, corporate entertaining and film work

Parkend bridge on the Gloucester and Sharpness canal. - - 119907

Parkend bridge

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Opened in 1827, at the time the Gloucester and Sharpness canal was the world's widest canal. Here it is viewed at Shepherd's Patch, near Slimbridge

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, Saul - - 22180

The view at Saul

Splatt Bridge, Gloucester and Sharpness Canal - - 103800

Splatt Bridge. This bridge is located just south of the village of Frampton on Severn. Frampton church, at Church End is a few hundred metres north of here. Church and village can be reached via a lane or footpaths from the east side of the swing bridge. Note the classical style bridgeman's house, with portico and doric columns. This is one of eight built in this in the 1840s - 1850s.

Swing bridge, Church Lane, Saul - - 103381

Swing bridge, Church Lane, Saul

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Boat graveyard. The east bank of the river Severn between Sharpness and Purton is a boat graveyard. Redundant vessels have been beached here for many years to protect against erosion - the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal runs right alongside the river here. These concrete barges are embedded in the mud near the Purton dredger station.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)