The Severn Bore is one of Gloucestershire’s most famous spectacles – and a natural phenomenon too – with big Severn Bores attracting hundreds of spectators and scores of extreme sport enthusiasts.
Whether you want to watch the Severn Bore from the safety of the banks or are feeling brave enough to attempt to surf the Severn Bore, discover exactly what the Severn Bore is; where you can get the best views of the Severn Bore; and when the Severn Bore will be surging up the River Severn in 2022.
What is the Severn Bore?
The Severn Bore is an impressive tidal wave of water which works its way up the Severn Estuary over a distance of 25 miles between Awre and Gloucester.
Taking place approximately 260 times every year, the Severn Bore is caused by the tide from the Atlantic Ocean entering the Bristol channel and forcing its way up the Severn Estuary, filtering into a narrow channel and causing water to rise up to 15 metres.
The Seven Bore wave can reach speeds of up to 20kmph and as the width of the River Severn narrows, the wave becomes upheld and produces the world-famous Severn Bore.
How big is the Severn Bore?
The size of the Severn Bore is categorized into different groups, ranging from five stars to one star from largest to smallest.
Large bores with a tidal range of 4.9 to 5 metres are categorized by three stars; very large bores with a tidal range of 5.1 to 5.3 metres are categorized as four stars; while the rarest five-star bores have a tidal range of 5.4 metres and above. The last five star bore took place in September 2019.
The size of the bore is determined by a number of factors ranging from the time of high tide, wind speed and direction, the amount of water travelling down the river, barometric pressure and how well sourced the main drainage channels are.
Can I surf the Severn Bore?
If you fancy surfing the Severn Bore yourself, the birthplace of river surfing – and joining the likes of Colonel ‘Mad’ Jack Churchill, the very first person to surf the Severn Bore back in 1955 – just remember the water is extremely cold and moves very quickly.
When will the Severn Bore take place in 2022?
For 2022, no four- or five-star Severn Bores are forecast. There are just four three-star bores taking place from March through to October 2022, when spectators will still be able to see a very distinctive travelling up the River Severn.
Due to no four- or five-star Severn Bores taking place in 2022, SoGlos has only listed three-star bores, drawing upon severn-bore.co.uk’s predictions. These times are approximate and can vary as much as 30 minutes either way.
The Severn Bore on Friday 4 March 2022
Minsterworth Church 9:09am; Stonebench 9:24am; Over Bridge 9:44am
The Severn Bore on Sunday 11 September 2022
Minsterworth Church 21:48; Stonebench 22:03; Over Bridge 22:23
The Severn Bore on Monday 12 September 2022
Minsterworth Church 22:26; Stonebench 22:41; Over Bridge 23:01
The Severn Bore on Monday 10 October 2022
Minsterworth Church 21:23; Stonebench 21:28; Over Bridge 21:58