Boat Trips from Saul Junction

Endeavour at Junction borderedPublic Trips on Endeavour on Sundays at Saul Junction

Public trips on Endeavour operate from the Visitor Centre Trip Boat Wharf at Saul Junction

12noon – 4:30pm on Sundays from Easter until 2nd October inclusive.

Endeavour crew-members are qualified in all aspects of Trip Boat Operation having attained
The Royal Yachting Association Inland Waterways Helmsman’s Certificate together with
The Inland Waterways Association Certificate of Boat Management.


The Trip Boat Wharf is on the towpath side of the canal close to the Visitor Centre at Saul Junction.

Trips & Times

Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays — Easter to 2nd October inclusive
12noon – 4.30pm
Choice of three 25 minute cruises


  • Adults £5
  • Children under 16yrs £3
  • Children under 5yrs FREE!

How to Find Us

  1. From M5 Junction 13 follow the signs for Gloucester & Bristol
  2. Turn right at the A38 roundabout following the signs for Gloucester
  3. Ascend the hill, passing the garden centre on the nearside
  4. Turn left at Whitminster crossroads into School Lane
  5. Continue for two miles, over the Stroudwater Navigation and then turn right into Church Lane (Signposted Saul Junction)
  6. Continue to Sandfield Bridge across the Gloucester- Sharpness Canal
  7. Turn right immediately AFTER the bridge
  8. The Visitor Centre & Canal Shop and Perseverance trip boat wharf are 200 metres along the towpath
  9. Sat Nav users will be assisted by the post code GL2 7LA


Pay & Display parking is plentiful at Saul Junction — Just £1.00 for four hours in paradise.

No need to book —  Just turn up and have fun!


Private Party Charters on Endeavour
Monday to Saturday throughout the year

£35 an hour — Minimum 2 hours charter

Booking Now —  Call Charter Bookings —  07960 821 642

Please book seven days in advance to allow time for volunteer crews to be organised

The Location

Saul Junction is a unique waterways crossroads created when the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal crossed the Stroudwater Navigation in 1827.
This beautiful spot, eight miles south of Gloucester, near the picturesque village of Frampton on Severn, is just two miles from junction 13 of the M5.

Charter passengers park free of charge. Parking permits are issued by our Visitor Centre Reception team


The trip boat Endeavour is licensed to carry ten persons and has a picnic table and flushing toilet on board.
The passenger seating area has an ‘all weather’ capability and two passengers may sit in the open air in front of the steerer.
Roll up the sides when warm and sunny. Zip up tight if wet & windy.

The boat and crew can be chartered throughout the year for periods of two, three, four or more hours.
Reunions, birthday parties, picnics & pirate adventures are so much better on a boat!

One of the joys of cruising on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal is that you may be fortunate enough to see Tall Ships on your journey.Tall ship borderedThese historic vessels use the Gloucester Sharpness Canal en route to a dry-dock in Gloucester Docks.

Cruise One

Lunch Cruise — Tudor Arms, Slimbridge  —  Four hours — £140

A popular four hour south bound cruise to take a leisurely lunch at The Tudor Arms, canalside, at Slimbridge.
Your Charter Group meets at the Saul Visitor Centre & Canal Shop where, over a cup of tea or coffee, you select your choices from the Tudor Arms Menu.

As you board the boat and depart for the journey south the Visitor Centre staff will telephone your order through to the restaurant.
This ensures reservation of your table and prompt service of the excellent fare offered by The Tudor Arms. (You pay for your meal at the pub.)

On arrival  Endeavour is moored close to The Tudor Arms.

Depending on the time you have taken over lunch, you may cruise a little further south,
return directly to Saul Junction and take a short diversion along the Stroudwater Arm and Saul Marina.

Click here to find out more about The Tudor Arms

Cruise Two

Tudor Arms Lunch and Purton Wrecks — Six hours —  £210

The Tudor Arms Lunch Cruise (see details above) combined with a visit to the ‘boat graveyard’ at Purton.

South of Slimbridge you may disembark at Purton to take a walk around the hulks of 81 vessels.
These boats were beached deliberately on the bank of the River Severn to protect the nearby canal from being breached by the ravages of the tidal river.

Click here to find out more about the historic Purton Wrecks

Cruise Three

Three Way Picnic Cruise — South, North & East — Three hours — £105

A favourite for photographers, wildlife watchers and industrial archaeology enthusiasts, or simply for the joy of cruising in Glorious Gloucestershire.
You will cruise south for an hour passing through three swing bridges.
The boat will then return to Saul Junction and take a right turn onto the Stroudwater Navigation to view Saul Marina and Walk Bridge.
Returning to the Gloucester Sharpness Canal you will have a close-up view of Junction Boat yard.
The cruise continues north to the site of the former Pegthorne Bridge. Look for the bridge hut now hidden by ivy.
The wide pool just beyond is a haven for wildlife.

Other points of interest on this cruise include:

Former Cadbury’s chocolate factory, Frampton on Severn Church, Views across the Severn and Doric columned bridge houses.Doric Columns bordered

Cruise Four

Picnic Cruise —  A cruise for those special days — Two hours — £70

Ideal trip for a birthday, an anniversary, a marriage proposal, or just for the joy of being afloat in Glorious Gloucestershire.
The views to the Cotswold escarpment in the east or the Forest of Dean in the west can be spectacular.

Depart from Saul Visitor Centre and cruise north or south along the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal.
Bring your own picnic and bottle of bubbly to enjoy on board if you wish.

The timing of your cruise might determine whether you return to Saul to take lunch or afternoon tea at the nearby Stables Cafe.

Cruise Five

To Sharpness Docks  — Six hours — £210

Cruise south past Frampton on Severn, Slimbridge and Purton.
Shortly before reaching your destination you will pass all that now remains of the Severn Railway Bridge.Severn Bridge Tower Bordered

The canal gets closer to the river affording spectacular views across the estuary.
At times of low tide the wrecks of the two oil tankers that collided with the railway bridge on a dark October night in 1960 can be seen in the river bed just above the sand.

Click here to find out more about the Severn Bridge Disaster

The Gloucester-Sharpness Canal terminates at Sharpness.
If you have sufficient time you may disembark to take a walk along the towpath to the now disused original lock & dock basin.
Spectacular views of the Severn Estuary and the two Severn road bridges from this vantage point.
The harbour-master’s house is now the base for the Severn Area Rescue Association. (SARA)

Click here to find out more about SARA

Cruise Six

Summertime Shopping — Gloucester Quays — Seven hours — £245Gloucester Quays bordered

Your party leaves Saul for a 2½ hour northbound cruise to Gloucester disembarking in Gloucester Docks.
You then have up to two hours to explore as you wish.

The boat and crew will await your return at the Bakers Quay moorings immediately outside the Gloucester Quays shopping centre.

The crew remain on board and will safeguard your shopping bags while you go back for more!

It is important that we set off south on time. The bridges close at 7pm!

Click here to find out more about Gloucester Quays

Cruise Seven

Educational Activities Afloat — Saul Visitor Centre — £70
Available daytime & early evenings

Children’s parties, School and Pre School groups, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers & Brownies.
Organised groups of more than ten passengers can be divided into smaller groups to enjoy short cruises,
refreshments, educational activities and games at Saul Visitor Centre.

Click here to read the Terms & Conditions for Charters

Call Charter Bookings on 07960 821 642 to discuss your choice of Private Party Charters

Or Email the Charters Administrator

Click here to read what customers had to say

And finally…
Click here to find out more about the Cotswold Canals Trust’s two other Trip Boat Operations