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Living in Pershore

Wednesday morning dawned clear and bright, pretty much the same as every morning has done for the last few weeks. We had reckoned on a three hour trip to reach Pershore so just got up and set off at half past seven. There haven’t been that many boats on the move on the river this week, probably still too early for holiday makers, so it was no surprise that we only saw three boats on the move all morning. The locks on the lower Avon, from Evesham to Tewkesbury, are all a bit on the short side despite the fact that the river is described as being able to accommodate boats up to 70′ in length. At 68′ long, Caxton should have had no problem but we have had to take our time as we have worked down the locks. Sitting diagonally in the lock, avoiding the cill (only just) and then after opening one gate, using the bow thruster to move sideward around the closed gate.

Anyway, we reached Pershore and found that there was plenty of space on the recreation ground moorings. An hour later and three boats arrived, filling the remaining space in front of us.

Mooring at Pershore

The park view.

The river view.

Pershore is a lovely little Georgian Market town and the moorings there are excellent. We had a good wander around the place and admired the many beautiful buildings there, including the Abbey.

Pershore Abbey.

Inside Pershore Abbey.

Carved tree in Abbey gardens.

The village of Wyre Piddle is only a half hour walk away from Pershore so we took the time to visit it and had lunch at the Anchor Old Spot. There’s not much to the village but you can’t miss the opportunity to visit somewhere with a name like “Wyre Piddle”!

The Anchor Old Spot, Wyre Piddle.

Rose adorned cottage.

The moorings in Pershore are flood proof and provide all amenities, the information board makes no mention of time restrictions so we stayed for a week. We didn’t do much more than just ‘live’ in the town, although we did catch the train to Great Malvern one day, just for a look around. Great Malvern was built as a spa town and it still has that feel about it.

The Abbey.

The view from the top of the town.

The railway station is a beauty and still has many of the features that it would have had back in the days of the Great Western Railway.

Porter’s barrow.

Platform weighbridge.

Station tea room.

A week after we had arrived in Pershore, we decided that it was time to move on. Wednesday morning was almost a carbon copy of the previous one with blue skies and bright sunshine at half past seven so we untied and headed for the nearby lock, thus starting the next leg of our journey.

2 Responses to Living in Pershore

  • George

    Are you sure Caxton is only 68′? Bad news for us if true, Sanity Again is definitely 70!



    • Hi Bruce,
      Caxton measures 68’9″ from the bow to the far end of the rudder (69’11” including the fenders). In the main, the cills remain below the waterline but of course you can’t know that until the lock is empty. The tightest one that we found was Evesham lock where the rudder was restricted by the ‘V’ of the cill. The shortest lock is Nafford and you might want to read this post. http://nbwhatalark.blogspot.com/2017/05/in-out-shake-it-all-about.html In any case, SA will be able to cruise the Avon, it just takes a bit of care but well worth the effort in our opinion.

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