The village of Sharpness is just north of Berkeley and it is best known as the southern terminus of the old Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and a modern inland port.
The canal’s old Dock was made redundant in the 1870s when the larger ships that came into use could no longer travel up the canal. A new entrance was built and the dock is now entered through a tidal basin.
Visitors are able to watch the operations of the modern port from a picnic area on the south side of the tidal basin. The ships come and go at high tide.
Still in situ running around the dock are the rails of a disused branch line which connects to the main Gloucester to Bristol railway at the former Berkeley Road junction. The line has locked gates across it but occasionally they are opened to allow a steam special to visit the line. In April 2007, the locomotive The Lancashire Fusilier used the loop to run around its train.
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We recommend that you visit the canal by car as public transport is limited.
Take the M40 from London to junction 20 and then follow the M5 north towards Gloucester exiting at junction 14 onto the A38 north. Then exit left at the sign for Berkley (Castle) – B4066 and continue on to Sharpness.
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