Information on where to watch the bore and ride it is as published by Gloucester harbour trustees.
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Gloucester Harbour Byelaws
Following a full and comprehensive consultation period involving representatives of river users and other stakeholders, the Trustees promoted Byelaws to control and regulate navigation in the Gloucester Harbour on the grounds of safety. The
Byelaws were confirmed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on 16 October 1998 and by the Secretary of State for Transport on 10 May 2006. The Byelaws apply throughout the Harbour area. The main points for
users of the upper Severn relate to the need to:
• observe the 12 knot speed limit (except when waterskiing in the designated area),
• comply with the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (the ColRegs),
• navigate the vessel with care and caution and in such a manner as not to give grounds for annoyance to the occupants of any other vessel nor cause damage or danger to any other vessel, person or property,
• understand that, for the purposes of the Byelaws, "vessel" means ship, boat, raft or water craft of any description and includes non-displacement craft, seaplanes and any other thing constructed or adapted for floating on or being submersed in water (whether permanently or temporarily), a hovercraft or any other amphibious vehicle,
• understand that the operation of Personal Watercraft (i.e. any craft that is propelled by a waterjet, steered by handlebars and designed to be ridden on rather than in) such as Jetskis, Seadoos and Waverunners is prohibited in the river upstream of Sharpness
A large bore will often attract large crowds of viewers. Please respect the resident population and park your car sensibly so as not to cause obstruction or damage in the narrow lanes. Please keep to the public footpaths and roads as the adjoining land and accesses are privately owned.
While not so spectacular, the incoming tide and developing bore can be seen in the upper estuary at such places as Epney, Newnham and Fretherne, where times are 20, 60 and 85 minutes before Minsterworth respectively.
If you do intend to view the bore, keep strictly to the public roads and do not use vantage points which require walking on farmland, gardens or private driveways. The bore can be observed from several locations which can be reached by road.
• Newnham on Severn. Park at the car park to the north of the village. The wave here can be good. It is usual to wait for the tide on the sand bar in the middle of the river. This means paddling across a strong current, especially in the winter months. It is a popular spot so look out for fellow surfers and such unexpected hazards as quick sand.
• The Severn Bore Inn on the A48. Park in the pub car park. The wave breaks around the bend down stream on the opposite bank. The wave here can be head high in good conditions but it gets very busy so be careful. It is easy to get swept into the bank and caught on trees.
• Over Bridge on the A40 outside Gloucester. The adjacent bridge can be used as a view point, but parking is limited and the main road fast and dangerous as the wave rarely breaks all the way through the complex of three bridges, it’s best to avoid disappointment and danger by getting in well above the bridges. There is a small layby on the road to Maisemore. This is usually full but gives a
• Surfing near the weir is very difficult and can be dangerous. Good advice is to look out for the weir once the bridge at Maisemore has been passed. As soon as it is seen, pull off the wave and paddle for the bank. The currents here are some of the fastest on the river.
None of these places are really suitable for more than a relatively small number of people, and it is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that they use the road in accordance with the law and the Highway Code, and with care and consideration for other road users.