The car park in front of the Waterways Museum, off Llanthony Road, is the best place for a direct launch into Gloucester Docks.
You can launch into the Barge Arm, which has lower sides than the rest of the docks as it was built to accommodate narrowboats.
The car park is pay and display and can be pricey and busy, but if you want to avoid the paddle up the canal from parking further south give it a try.
There are plenty of cafes and coffeeshops around.
Saul Junction Main Car Park
Large pay and display parking, with easy launching onto the canal.
Saul Junction Layby
Layby for a few cars, with a decent launch onto the canal on either side of the bridge.
Wooden Canoe and Kayak launching pontoon for launching into the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal. Adjacent to car park and angling/fishing banks.
From here you can paddle down to Sharpness and explore the docks (2-3 hour paddle) or head up towards the many villages en route to Gloucester.
Berkeley Arms, Purton, approximately 200 metres from the bridge nearest Sharpness in the village of Purton. If portaging from canal, this is a 200 metre walk, please note.
Reached across the lift bridge over the Gloucester & Sharpness canal, this is a no-frills, simple rural pub. This completely unspoiled pub doubles up with a smallholding in the way that so many rural pubs did in times gone by. The red brick building has a long history. The central part was extended in the mid 19th century. The present arrangement of a tiny drinking area in front of a servery (with old counter and bar-back shelves) probably dates from Victorian times. On the left is a separate room with flagstone floor, large curved high-backed settle, large stone fireplace and a hatch to the side of the servery. The only recent change was the building of indoor toilets behind the room in the 1960s. This is one of few pubs left still selling pickled eggs so on your visit you could ask for a packet of crisps with a pickled egg in it while listening to golden oldies and drinking locally brewed Uley beer in a very traditional unspoilt pub and feel like you have been in a 40/50 year time-slip. Closed Mon to Fri lunchtimes and only open Sat lunchtime in summer.
Tel: (01453) 811262
Opening Hours: 7pm-10pm Mon-Fri; 12-2pm,7pm-10pm Sat and Sun. Closed Mon & Tue in winter. Closed Sat lunch in winter.