The Saul Junction Boat Owners Club takes its name from the former canal ‘crossroads’ of the Stroudwater Navigation and Gloucester Sharpness Canal.
'The Junction’, at the midway point of the 16-mile Gloucester - Sharpness Canal, provides an idyllic rural mooring on the Stroudwater Navigation. The moorings are just 1½ miles from Junction 13 of the M5 Motorway, close to the famous village of Frampton on Severn.
The Club was formed in 1976 with the objectives: — ‘To lease from British Waterways, administer, manage, promote, operate and maintain, a line of non-residential moorings on The Stroudwater Navigation for the benefit of Club Members, their relatives and friends’.
The Club was incorporated into a Limited Company in 1988. The Club maintains its association with Canal & River Trust, formerly British Waterways.
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Around the Junction
At the far end of the moorings is Walk Bridge. This low-level road bridge currently limits navigation towards Stroud. Plans are in place for the removal of this blockage and the eventual restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation to link with the Thames & Severn Canal at Wallbridge in Stroud. This will ultimately re-establish the waterborne link between the rivers Thames and Severn.
Saul Junction Marina
The marina has berths for 284 boats as well as diesel, gas and pump-out facilities. The marina entrance is half way along, and opposite, the club moorings.
Junction Bridge House
The picturesque cottage at the Junction once housed the canal company’s toll collector for boats entering the Stroudwater Navigation. It then became the accommodation for the British Waterways bridge-keeper. The bridge-keeper's office is attached to the eastern end of the cottage. Inside can be seen the original 1827 toll collectors desk. Alongside this historic artefact can be seen a bank of CCTV screens and electronic switch gear. This allows the modern day bridge-keeper to remotely control not only Junction Footbridge, across the Gloucester – Sharpness Canal, but also Sandfield road bridge south of the Junction.
RW Davis Ship & Boat Builders
The dry dock and boat yard is a constant source of activity and interest. It is here that proprietor Phil Trotter oversees the building of the classic Northwich Trader narrowboats as well as Dutch & French style barges. The boatyard crane is a well known landmark for walkers, drivers, boaters and even the Royal Air Force!
Winter Sunset at Saul - Photo by Steve Davis
Wycliffe Sculling Centre
Wycliffe College, a local public school, operates The Wycliffe Sculling Centre on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal at the Junction. It is the scene of regular rowing activity throughout the year. On the first Saturday in December and February Wycliffe hosts the ‘Rowing Heads’. This is a rowing competition that attracts scores of boats, their crews and supporters. Some restrictions to navigation apply on these days.
The Willow Trust
Saul Junction is the home mooring for the boats owned by The Willow Trust, a charity that provides boat trips for special needs groups. The boats operate on weekdays from April until October.
Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre & Canal Shop is the result of a partnership between The Cotswold Canals Trust, Stroud District Council and Canal & River Trust.
The Visitor Centre & Canal Shop provides information on the restoration of the 36 mile route of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal known collectively as 'The Cotswold Canals'.
Facilities at the Centre include toilets, showers, pump-out, toilet cassette disposal point and laundry.
Pump out cards, laundry tokens and 'CRT Watermate' keys can be purchased at the Centre.
The Cotswold Canals Trust operates the trip boat Endeavour from the Centre. The boat provides public trips on Sundays and bank holidays.
Endeavour is also available for private skippered charter hire throughout the year.
The Stables Café
The café provides home cooking and spectacular views of the Junction and beyond.