It’s almost 3 months since Wye Invader Two visited Monmouth with a stopover in Llandogo and a visit to the Sloop Inn in the Village. The tides are not as high now, but the River Wye still had 3 meters of flood water showing on the gauge at Redbrook before falling to 2.5 meters on Saturday 15th June, so the bridge to the docks and lock were booked for 05.00 and we departed Sharpness at about 06.45 as the tide was almost at high water at 8.31 metres.
Sharpness to Bristol via Portishead was planned for Wednesday 5th June, out on the morning tide to Portishead then out from Portishead on the early evening tide arriving Bristol, stay overnight and return to Sharpness on the morning tide on Friday, however this was cancelled because the wind speed combined with a high tide that was too risky for a Narrowboat, so option B was a trip to Tewkesbury and return to Sharpness Friday.
As the lock at Gloucester had re-opened and the weekend weather was set to be fine it seemed like a good idea to go to Tewkesbury and try the lock out for the first time this year. Wye invader left Sharpness at 08.15 hours and after stopping for fuel at Saul Junction we arrived in Gloucester 12.45 hours. We locked down in the refurbished lock by 13.00 hours then proceeded up The Parting and on to Tewkesbury mooring up on the Town Wall at 16.10 hours.