Thursday 18 December 2014

The Severn Bore

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Find out where and when to see The Severn Bore in 2014, and don’t miss out on the natural wonder and sporting spectacular which draws thousands of visitors to Gloucestershire every year.

If you’ve ever passed by the River Severn in Gloucestershire and wondered why crowds of people were gathered along its banks, or perhaps more to the point why dozens of daredevils were bobbing about in the cold water clinging to surfboards or canoes, it’s more than likely the world-famous Severn Bore was in town.

What is The Severn Bore?

Taking place on numerous occasions every year, The Severn Bore is an impressive tidal wave of water which works its way up the Severn Estuary over a distance of around 25 miles between Awre and Gloucester – attracting hosts of spectators, and scores of extreme sports enthusiasts, along the way.

The Severn Bore is caused by the tide from the Atlantic Ocean entering the Bristol Channel and forcing its way into the Severn Estuary, filtering into a narrow channel and causing the water to rise by anything up to 15 metres. The water reaches speeds of up to 20kmph as it nears Minsterworth and, as the width of the River Severn narrows, becomes held up causing the natural bore phenomenon.

The Severn Bore in particular is revered because the River Severn has the second largest tidal range – the vertical distance between the high and low tides – in the world, making for a bore which can be anything up to 2 metres in height, and is one of only three surfable tidal waves in the world. Subsequently the powerful bores often see surfers take to the water in a brave feat, hoping to catch the wave at the right time and smash the surfing record which began in 1955.

When will The Severn Bore take place in 2014?

Large bores with a tidal range of 4.9 to 5 metres are denoted by three stars; very large bores with a tidal range of 5.1 to 5.3 metres are denoted by four stars; while the rarest five-star bores have a tidal range above 5.4 metres.

SoGlos only lists Severn Bores rated three stars and above, drawing upon’s predictions for when The Severn Bore will take place in 2014. Please note, times are approximate and can vary by as much as 30 minutes either way, and wearing waterproofs is also highly recommended.

Thursday 2 January 2014
Minsterworth Church 8.17am, Stonebench 8.32am & Over Bridge 8.52am ***

Friday 3 January 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.04am, Stonebench 9.19am & Over Bridge 9.39am ***
Minsterworth Church 9.29pm, Stonebench 9.44pm & Over Bridge 10.04pm ***

Saturday 4 January 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.50am, Stonebench 10.05am & Over Bridge 10.25am ***

Friday 31 January 2014
Minsterworth Church 8.06am, Stonebench 8.41am & Over Bridge 8.41am ***
Minsterworth Church 8.32pm, Stonebench 8.47pm & Over Bridge 9.07pm ***

Saturday 1 February 2014
Minsterworth Church 8.52am, Stonebench 9.07am & Over Bridge 9.27am ****
Minsterworth Church 9.16pm, Stonebench 9.31pm & Over Bridge 9.51pm ****

Sunday 2 February 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.35am, Stonebench 9.50am & Over Bridge 10.10am *****
Minsterworth Church 9.58pm, Stonebench 10.13pm & Over Bridge 10.33pm ***

Monday 3 February 2014
Minsterworth Church 10.16am, Stonebench 10.31am & Over Bridge 10.51am ****

Saturday 1 March 2014
Minsterworth Church 7.52am, Stonebench 8.07am & Over Bridge 8.27am ***
Minsterworth Church 8.16pm, Stonebench 8.31pm & Over Bridge 8.51pm ***

Sunday 2 March 2014
Minsterworth Church 8.35am, Stonebench 8.50am & Over Bridge 9.10am ****
Minsterworth Church 8.58pm, Stonebench 9.13pm & Over Bridge 9.33pm ****

Monday 3 March 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.17am, Stonebench 9.32am & Over Bridge 9.52am *****
Minsterworth Church 9.37pm, Stonebench 9.52pm & Over Bridge 10.12pm ****

Tuesday 4 March 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.55am, Stonebench 10.10am & Over Bridge 10.30am ****

Sunday 30 March 2014
Minsterworth Church 8.55pm, Stonebench 9.10pm & Over Bridge 9.30pm ***

Monday 31 March 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.15am, Stonebench 9.30am & Over Bridge 9.50am ***
Minsterworth Church 9.35pm, Stonebench 9.50pm & Over Bridge 10.10pm ***

Tuesday 1 April 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.55am, Stonebench 10.10am & Over Bridge 10.30am ***

Monday 14 July 2014
Minsterworth Church 10.28pm, Stonebench 10.43pm & Over Bridge 11.03pm ***

Tuesday 15 July 2014
Minsterworth Church 11.12pm, Stonebench 11.27pm & Over Bridge 11.47pm ***

Monday 11 August 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.29pm, Stonebench 9.44pm & Over Bridge 10.04pm ****

Tuesday 12 August 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.53am, Stonebench 10.08am & Over Bridge 10.28am ***
Minsterworth Church 10.13pm, Stonebench 10.28pm & Over Bridge 10.48pm ****

Wednesday 13 August 2014
Minsterworth Church 10.37am, Stonebench 10.52am & Over Bridge 11.12am ***
Minsterworth Church 10.56pm, Stonebench 11.11pm & Over Bridge 11.31pm ****

Tuesday 9 September 2014
Minsterworth Church 8.51am, Stonebench 9.06am & Over Bridge 9.26am ***
Minsterworth Church 9.12pm, Stonebench 9.27pm & Over Bridge 9.47pm ****

Wednesday 10 September 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.35am, Stonebench 9.50am & Over Bridge 10.10am ****
Minsterworth Church 9.55pm, Stonebench 10.10pm & Over Bridge 10.30pm *****

Thursday 11 September 2014
Minsterworth Church 10.16am, Stonebench 10.31am & Over Bridge 10.51am ****
Minsterworth Church 10.35pm, Stonebench 10.50pm & Over Bridge 11.10pm ***

Friday 12 September 2014
Minsterworth Church 10.55am, Stonebench 11.10am & Over Bridge 11.30am ***

Wednesday 8 October 2014
Minsterworth Church 8.52pm, Stonebench 9.07pm & Over Bridge 9.27pm ****

Thursday 9 October 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.13am, Stonebench 9.28am & Over Bridge 9.48am ***
Minsterworth Church 9.33pm, Stonebench 9.48pm & Over Bridge 10.08pm ****

Friday 10 October 2014
Minsterworth Church 9.53am, Stonebench 10.08am & Over Bridge 10.28am ***
Minsterworth Church 10.13pm, Stonebench 10.28pm & Over Bridge 10.48pm ***

Where can I see The Severn Bore in Gloucestershire?

You can catch a glimpse of The Severn Bore at numerous locations along the River Severn, but the best vantage points are located at Minsterworth, Stonebench and Over Bridge.

While large bores of four and five stars attract huge crowds, and nabbing a good spot from which to watch the action can be tricky,’s predictions for 2014 suggests we’ll be in for a number of medium-sized bores too this year – when the river banks shouldn’t be too crowded.

If you’re feeling very, very brave and fancy joining the daredevils and trying to ride The Severn Bore for yourself, just remember that the water is extremely cold and moves very quickly – so having a 25-metre school swimming badge sewn onto your trunks isn’t going to prepare you.

Severn Bore video

The Severn Bore 2014
Minsterworth, Stonebench and Over Bridge, Gloucester
Thursday 2 January 2014; Friday 3 January 2014; Saturday 4 January 2014; Friday 31 January 2014; Saturday 1 February 2014; Sunday 2 February 2014; Monday 3 February 2014; Saturday 1 March 2014; Sunday 2 March 2014; Monday 3 March 2014; Tuesday 4 March 2014; Sunday 30 March 2014; Monday 31 March 2014; Tuesday 1 April 2014; Monday 14 July 2014; Tuesday 15 July 2014; Monday 11 August 2014; Tuesday 12 August 2014; Wednesday 13 August 2014; Tuesday 9 September 2014; Wednesday 10 September 2014; Thursday 11 September 2014; Friday 12 September 2014; Wednesday 8 October 2014; Thursday 9 October 2014; Friday 10 October 2014
Vary, see above for more information. Please note that Severn Bore predictions are sourced from
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The Environment Agency's customer telephone number is 08708 506 506, however, they may be unable to assist with bore times.

© SoGlos

Tuesday 18 December 2012

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