Local Features

Junction Bridge House
The picturesque cottage at the Junction was built in 1833 to house the canal company’s toll collector for boats entering the Stroudwater. The building later accommodated the British Waterways Bridge Keeper. The bridge keeper’s office is at the eastern end of the cottage. Inside the office is the original toll collectors desk. Nowadays, this historical artefact stands alongside a bank of CCTV screens, camera controls and switchgear.
The bridge-keeper uses these devices to operate Junction Footbridge across the Gloucester – Sharpness Canal. For waterborne access to and from the SJBOC Moorings, call
01452 740 444 or 07827 254 740 or VHF Radio Channel 74.

Saul Junction Car Park
Pay & Display Parking for visitors is plentiful at this popular waterside venue.
Saul Junction Boat Owners Club members are issued with a Free Parking Permit.
There is a Boater’s Rubbish Disposal facility in the car park.

Saul Lock
The lock at Saul Junction was built in the 1820s to raise the Stroudwater Navigation level by four feet to match the new Gloucester – Sharpness Canal level.
T
he lock, which is a listed structure,
was restored/preserved in 2016.
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Sit a while at Saul
One of six memorial benches at Saul; designed, built & installed by Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteers.

The green zinc plaques carry a range of personal messages and graphic designs.
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Saul Marina
Saul Marina has a well-stocked chandlery.
Diesel, gas, logs and coal are also available.
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RW Davis Ship & Boat Builders
The boatyard and dry dock is a constant source of activity and interest. Proprietor, Phil Trotter, oversees the construction of Motor Barges, Tug-Yachts and the classic Northwich Trader narrowboats. The boatyard crane is a well-known landmark for walkers, cyclists, drivers and boaters. Some local people maintain that the RAF use the crane as a navigational reference point.
Click for the RW Davis website.

Wycliffe Boat Club
Wycliffe College, a local public school, operates Wycliffe Boat Club on the Gloucester —Sharpness Canal at the Junction.  There is regular rowing activity throughout the year.  On the first Saturday in December & February, Wycliffe host the ‘Rowing Heads’, a rowing competition that attracts boats, crews & supporters from a wide area.
Some
navigation restrictions apply on these days.

The Willow Trust
Saul Junction is the home mooring for The Willow Trust, a charity that provides boat trips for special needs groups. Two Willow Trust Boats, Spirit of Freedom and Leonard Matchan, operate on weekdays from April until October.

Click here to learn more. 


Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre & Canal Shop was a partnership project between The Cotswold Canals Trust, Stroud District Council and Canal & River Trust.
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’. Facilities at the Centre include toilets, showers, laundry, pump-out and toilet cassette disposal point.
Pump out cards,
laundry tokens, and boaters ‘Watermate’ keys can be purchased at the Centre.

Trip Boat Adventure
The Cotswold Canals Trust operates the all-electric trip boat Adventure from the trip boat wharf near the Visitor Centre.
The boat provides public trips on Sundays and Bank Holidays.  
Adventure 
is available for private, skippered, charter hire throughout the year.
Click here to contact Cotswold Canals Trust.

The Stables Café
The Stables Café is situated close to Sandfield Bridge at the entrance to the Saul Junction site. The building was once used as stables for horses that towed vessels along the canal. Indoor and outdoor seating provide ever-changing waterside views of canal activity.  An ice-cream parlour is situated in the courtyard area.

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Whitminster A38 Roundabout, Canal & Road Project 2020
By 2023, SJBOC members should be able to cruise East
along the new channel under the A38, a year-long 21st-century engineering triumph! The cruising route
will include part of the original 1779 Stroudwater Navigation and new river/canal routes, locks and bridges. 

 

Click to view a video of this year-long project.

Click to view a 2018 slideshow and video of the entire restoration route.

Click to view the Picture Gallery for more Saul Junction history.