About the SJBOC
The Saul Junction Boat Owners Club takes its name from the former canal ‘crossroads’ of the Stroudwater Navigation and Gloucester Sharpness Canal.
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 will 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 & Trip Boat Perseverance
The Visitor Centre is the result of a partnership between The Cotswold Canals Trust, Stroud District Council and British Waterways.
The Visitor Centre provides information on the restoration of the 36 mile route of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal known collectively as The Cotswold Canals.
Pump out cards and laundry tokens are also available for the other excellent facilities to be found at the centre. Toilets and showers (fitted out for those with special needs) are also available.
The Cotswold Canals Trust also operates the trip boat Perseverance from the Centre. The boat provides public trips on Sundays and on bank holidays. Perseverance 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.