Purton South Moorings are located towards the southern end of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal in Gloucestershire. When it opened it 1826 it was the broadest and deepest canal in Britain and even today it stands out from other navigations because of its sheer scale and impressive engineering.
The linear site is approximately 150m long. It provides space for up to nine vessels moored against a piled edge, which has metal pile capping. There is a wide concrete pathway along the moorings, which has mooring bollards spaced at five meter intervals.
From the A38 take the turning at Berkeley Road rail bridge, signposted to Wanswell, Halmore and Purton. The site is just to the west of Purton Lower Bridge, along Riddle Street in Purton village, and is accessed through a metal pedestrian gate. Vehicle access to the site is through a five-bar gate, next to the pedestrian gate, which is kept locked.
The site is approximately three and a half miles from the town of Berkeley.
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There are water points at each end of the mooring site and another in the middle. The refuse disposal point is in a compound next to the entrance gate.
The nearest pump-out is at Purton Discharge Plant, approximately 500 metres south of the site, on the towpath side of the canal. You can purchase pump-out cards from the bridgehut at Purton.
Saul Junction (approximately six miles north) has a full range of facilities including water point, refuse disposal, elsan, pump-out, toilets, showers and launderette as well as a boat repair yard with crane & dry dock.
The main car park is located along Riddle Street, next to Purton Upper swing-bridge and is approximately three minutes walk away from the site.
The site is laid to grass which has a hard-core sub-surface, allowing vehicle access for loading and unloading purposes during dry conditions.
Access onto the land adjacent to these moorings is for mooring permit holders only and keys can be purchased from the Moorings Manager upon payment of a £50 deposit for each key, which is refundable upon return.
The mooring site has no access restrictions and can be viewed at anytime.