12. Mega River Severn in baking heat and unable to stop

So I’ve now left Gloucester, we went
through the actual dock, and then through the lock. It was a bit quicker emptying
then it was filling I must say. Absolutely brilliant day to cruise, and
we’re back on to the River Severn, heading north. I’m going to attempt to go up to
Upton-upon-Severn. It’s quite a way, it’s around about 6, 6 and 1/2 hours of travelling, but
I’ve got Molly bed, I’ve got water, I’ve got my lunch,
so fingers crossed It should be alright! Once you leave the east channel of the
river, you pass Upper Parting. It’s where the bulk of the river’s water flows,
bypassing the Gloucester lock and dock, and you definitely feel the current
change. If heading downstream towards Gloucester, this is the point your advised
to call ahead to the Gloucester lock. It’s actually quite nice navigating
rivers and possibly difficult, journeys with other people, especially people that
know what they’re doing, like Carolyn and Andy. They’ve
been on this river before, they’ve experienced it, they know what to look
out for. At this time of year the river is tidal up to Upper Lode Lock. But once
the gates open, the current was calmer and there was less floating debris. The river is the greatest in terms of
water flow in England and Wales, and is around 220 miles in length. Starting in
the Cambrian mountains in Mid Wales, it then flows through the counties of
Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, where I started today. I
joined the River Severn here in episode 6, after travelling down the neighbouring
River Avon. We’re now on the non-tidal part of
the River Severn, lovely day, nice and calm, just north of Tewkesbury, and I’m
going to moor up at Upton-upon-Severn tonight, before our even longer journey
tomorrow. Well I wasn’t expecting that when going through King John’s bridge, but
with a river so large, it comes with large vessels! This is what I’m finding when traveling
on rivers, you just mustn’t have any strict deadlines. I just went through Upton-upon-Severn expecting to moor up, and unfortunately there’s no mooring spots
available. So, I’ve had to keep going, and the next mooring spot is Worcester, which
is a good three, three and a half hours away. I’ve got loads of fuel,
I’ve got lots of water on deck, because I can’t stop anywhere, so I’ve just got to keep on
going. Lavish and grand cruises moor up to the south of Worcester, and it’s been a
very long, tiring and hot day. The bridge arches spanning across the river, are a
welcome sight, as it means we’ve finally reached Worcester. Next time I discuss
the poorly installed spray foam lining that came with the boat, and how I’ve
planned the internal layout. Don’t forget to click Subscribe to follow my journey.
Until next time, see you later.

51 thoughts on “12. Mega River Severn in baking heat and unable to stop

  1. Jono good job you installed the larger engine for trips such as this.

  2. Don't be offended here; …. But are you #EddieTheEagle's younger brother?…….. (You even 'sound' like him πŸ™‚

  3. Great Video! Thank you for allowing our vicariously tagging along! hahaha Cheers and as always… God bless

  4. Lovely weather for cruising, hope it holds out for you, cheers for the vlog.

  5. Hi Jono, another good vlog. It's nice to see my old cruising ground from other people's perspective. If you're brave enough there's usually mooring available in Upton Marina but beware the very expensive plastics moored in their. If your heading straight to Stourport from Worcester I would suggest mooring at the pub at Astley Burf just before Lincomb lock, the moorings their are good and quite numerous. There are very few visitor moorings at Stourport and they are usually taken which means locking into the basin and up onto the Staffs and Worcs. There is only one visitor mooring in the basin which is next to the elsan point. Happy cruising.

  6. Great channel, very entertaining videos. Enjoy your journey πŸ™‚

  7. Excellent again Jono. Looks like good planning for a mooring in advance is on the cards?? Good information and thought provoking.

  8. Good job you didn't have to contend with the Severn bore, could have made passage a bit more interesting lol

  9. hi jono did u know u need handcuff key for next 4 locks water at bride 14

  10. My only complaint, more of a general comment, is that this episode is too short.

    Love the shot at 2:45 of you and your first mate. Boat name suggestion- Molly's Nest.

    Fair winds.

  11. Looking forward to more detail vids about your fitting out process. Btw, tip for you… get a copy of Colin Edmondson's little book 'Going it alone'. It's packed with loads of suggestions of how to make life easier when you have a crew of one. I use his technique for going up narrow locks all the time. Much safer and quicker!

  12. I felt sorry for you not being able to stop at Upton it is a nice place to look around, never mind nice vlog thank you.

  13. 4.20 time, hmm I was really wanting longer lol , getting addicted to your Vlogs as you can see , safe travels Jono & Molly βœŒοΈπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘Œ

  14. Another great video Jono. I am amazed that you are doing so much boating around the place and your boat is still not fitted out. I am looking forward to see what you come up with during your fit out. Keep them coming..

  15. just went through and watched all of your videos. looking forward to your adventures as well as the progress of you finishing the inside of your boat!

  16. If you can't more somewhere you want to, ask someone there if you can more along side them. Most people will let you. (or at least they would when I was canalling a few years ago).

  17. Hello Jono, I enjoyed watching your vlog, you're making a nice job of it.
    If you're on a river like this with no moorings, and you really would like a break for a cuppa, or maybe an urgent need, you can always drop and anchor on a wider and prefeably straight section of the river, leaving plenty of room for sandbarges to come by.
    Have some more good fun on your boat with the lovely Molly, she makes me think of the last dog I used to have.

  18. Thanks for your reply. Maybe some day when you are rich and famous and traveled all the waterways there, you can have your narrowboat barged to the continent and have some new adventures. Good luck and I will be watching for new videos.

  19. Before the days of mobile phones. We were advised to moor up and let the lock keeper at Gloucester Docks that we wanted to come in BUT he never said WHY ! So as a novice. I ignored the advice as inefficient and I chugged up to the gates and sounded my horn only to be swept past them heading towards the wear. I put the boat into reverse but the current was far to strong. Luckily the hire boat company had fitted the boat with a large anchor which I threw over board it gripped the river bed and swung us around so I was facing the other way. The engine in forward gear slowly pulled us away from the wear and we were able to moor up. A valuable lesson but I do blame the Lock Keeper for not telling us why we should moor up. GREAT VIDS enjoying this

  20. There used to be a communal pontoon for Upton Upon Severn. I'm amazed there is no public mooring. They must be missing a lot of boating business.

  21. I want to know when are you going to paint the outside of your narrowboat , looks like a naval boat in battleship grey . Your having too much fun cruising the canals i think . Oh another thing , you need a bigger hat πŸ™‚

  22. … and here a new link to an other vlog about the severn: https://youtu.be/PbYIrZv7q7U

  23. Many thanks for your videos, they are a real pleasure to watch. I like your clear and concise commentary, plenty of information but no verbal tangents. The production of each seems quite professional and must take time to produce. Your videos are some of the best I have seen.

  24. Do you have access to a "hot knife"? It works great on that spray insulation. It heats up the knife just enough to melt thru the foam leaving a clean finish behind

  25. Hi Jono, I feel like I've been watching you for ages lol This isn't a criticism, I'm loving watching your journey, outfitting Alice and being an adventurer. It's the next best thing to actually doing it myself.
    I'm up to vlog 12, so nearly caught up.
    *tummy rub to Molly
    And on to the next vlog πŸ˜‰
    Dee & Stretch xx

  26. Where do you get the music tracks for your videos… They're really nice and your use of them is excellent. Do/did you do video editing in your career ? Seems like it. Your videos are outstanding.

  27. Are you not allowed to anchor on the opposite side of the canals, out of the main channel? Maybe you could go over the "rules of the road"…(I have not watched all of your videos yet, so excuse me if you have already covered this…) Really enjoy your travels and love the country side, it is really beautiful. Stay safe and God bless.

  28. Top marks great presentation and information. Scenery most enjoyable. You certainly have the Knack of producing top videos.

  29. We have been to Holland and saw many narrow bow homes. After watching your videos, I would very much like to visit the UK. You make a great tour guide. Thanks for sharing.
    Florida, USA

  30. Why not just stop and tie up to a tree overnight, as long as you don’t overtly trespass and move on come the morning then what is the harm.

  31. As much as I enjoy all your journeys and info I am especially impressed with the actual editing of the footage with the varied appropriate music and transitions you do. Great work

  32. hi, can i ask a few questions . im moving to Evesham area soon , and im torn between a power boat and a cruiser. power would be a day out, and the cruiser more a full day / weekend .

    what does it cost you in litres to travel 6 plus hours, on your canal boat

  33. On rivers, so called wild mooring is always an option. A long as you don't need to go ashore. Keep an eye out on the banks for a nice, strong overhanging tree or one that's fallen in, approach slowly from downstream and hook up the bow line. Some of my more memorable moorings on the non-tidal Thames have been ad hoc.

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