Bristol Floating Harbour

We had a lengthy trip ahead of us today. Based on information we had been given, about the lack of mooring opportunities between Bath and Bristol, we had decided the trip should be done in one day. This meant seventeen miles and 7 Locks were ahead of us. Fortunately with the deep water of a river beneath us, and the flow in our favour, this would only take about six hours. So at 6.45 am, we slipped our lines and departed Bath.

Looking back towards Bath

The early morning coolness was so refreshing, especially after the stifling heat of the previous day. We navigated two Locks, then on approach to the third, we spotted nb Lady Penelope about to depart its mooring. We once again had Lock partners for the rest of the journey. At Hanham Lock, we had reached the end of the waterway controlled by the Canal and River Trust. Before proceeding, we phoned ahead to the final Lock at Netham, to inform the Lock keeper we were on our way. Once through the Lock we were technically on tidal waters, although currently they are neap tides, so the effect is minimal. About 45 minutes later we arrived at Netham Lock, and visited the office to be relieved of some money. We booked in for three nights, then set off along the feeder channel towards the floating harbour.

Cruising along the feeder channel

This channel is nearly a mile long, and links the river Avon to the floating harbour. We were definitely in an urban environment now, but once we turned from the feeder channel into the main harbour, the smallness of our tiny narrow boat, became all the more obvious.

Passing large ships and cranes
An interesting wooden ship
Some floating restaurants

We had a few bridges to pass under, the lowest with an air draft of 2.2 meters. We had removed the satellite dish, which was just as well, we only had a few inches to spare. There are several visitor mooring locations within the harbour, but we were aiming for harbour inlet. The reason being, it is located directly opposite a very famous ship, the SS Great Britain.

Moored, SS Great Britain in the background

You can see the six masts of the SS Great Britain in the background of the photo above. We were going to get a picture of our boat in front of the ship, but did not want to lose our mooring spot. We will do that when we leave on Monday. We now have three nights and two days to explore all that Bristol has to offer.

Total 17 Miles 7 Locks

Running total 377 Miles 409 Locks 12 Tunnels

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