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VISIT | Decipher the Secrets of the Maritime Skeletons of Purton Hulks | Gloucestershire


On the Banks of the River Severn - the old hulks holding back the sands of time
On the Banks of the River Severn - the old hulks holding back the sands of time

Take a stimulating trek around the remains of the Purton Hulks on the river Severn shoreline


Come and see a legacy of the industrial and maritime heritage of the River Severn - the ghost ships known as the Purton Hulks


An easy wander along the river bank


Pleasant river views across the valley to the Forest of Dean beyond




One of the many Purton Hulks each named and numbered
One of the many Purton Hulks each named and numbered

"...this evocative riverside wandering spot..."



Description |


The Purton Hulks are an interesting legacy of this part of Gloucestershire. Boats and barges deliberately beached on the edge of the Severn river to stop tidal erosion. Now thirty, forty and fifty years - their skeletons remain.


Planks and boards. Nails and rusting frames. Concrete lumps and metal brackets. Tillers and stacks. For these were the planes and trains of another generation. They carried coal, grain, fuel and more. Manned by the men of these coastal places. They sailed and they chuffed across wave, through tide to places now more abandoned than industrious.


Go see the hulks of Purton, a reminder of a past life but still giving a service on this river decades after they last voyage.







For more information |

The Friends of Purton https://www.friendsofpurton.org.uk/purton/


Directions and Map |


Park near the canal at Purton near Sharpness off the A38 south of Gloucester and follow your nose out towards the river along the footpath


Longitude: -2.447202

Latitude: 51.735523


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