Until a couple of days ago the Llanthony Lift Bridge was just an occasional CRT Notice Alert, mentioned when it wasn't working for whatever reason. I had no real idea where it was, and certainly no idea what it looked like.
But now, having been moored in Gloucester Docks for 30 hours, I do know where it is (immediately south of the docks where the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal joins), how it lifts and what it carries (buses, taxis, cycles and pedestrians).
Here it is, just starting to close after allowing the trip boat Glevum through.
Neither of us was impressed. On the plus side the ticket covers entry to Ellesmere Port for a year - but we went there last year and are unlikely to be back within 12 months.
There are some interesting old buildings in the city centre, but it's not as chocolate box pretty as Tewkesbury. We were outside Baker's (Practical Watchmaker, Jeweller & Optician) when the bells were chimed for 5 pm, each of the four outside characters sounding their bell with a hammer before Father Time hauled on his rope to strike the hour.
Hawkesbury Junction to Bridge 100 Grand Union/Oxford link. - Now Moored at Bridge 100 on the Grand Union/Oxford Canals link west of Braunston. [image: SAM_8561] Keith. Welcome aboard our working boat Hadar. Pull u...
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