We spent today with my brother who came to pick us up at 10am to take us to his home in Cheltenham for lunch. It was really good to catch up.
After lunch he took us for a leisurely stroll in the sunshine up Leckhampton Hill from where we admired the view of the Severn valley stretching northwards in front of us, with the Malvern hills to the left and the Cotswolds to the right.
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) doughnut shaped building was easily identifiable in the distance.
Afterwards, he dropped us back to the boat and we were in time to have a word with the Gloucester Dock lock-keeper who was a friendly guy, and who after a bit of a leg pull answered all our queries.
The visitor moorings in the dock are 48 hours only, but we learnt that the 48 hours only starts the morning after you arrive, which means that we can stay in the basin until Monday if we wish.
We plan to head off down the Gloucester & Sharpness canal this week to watch the arrival of the Tall Ships that will be heading into Gloucester for the Tall Ships and Sea Shanty Festival being held over the Bank Holiday weekend.
When we head out of the dock towards the canal, we’ll need to contact the bridge-master at Llanthony Bridge so he can prepare to lift the bridge as there is insufficient headroom underneath it for us to pass through. He operates a traffic light system and we were warned not to attempt to pass underneath the bridge until the light turns green or we’d get told off!
Before heading back to the boat, we explored a bit more of the local area. The large dock warehouses have been converted into smart apartments and the area is busy during the day and quiet at night.
We sampled a couple of pubs that claimed to be ‘friendly real ale’ but we felt they had a very limited and disappointing choice of beers and weren’t particularly welcoming.
We were impressed by the quality of the graffiti though…