Saturday 31 August to Monday 28 October 2019Editor's Choice Free
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 that the world-famous Severn Bore was in town.
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.
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 four stars and above, drawing upon severn-bore.co.uk’s predictions for when The Severn Bore will take place in 2019.
Please note, times are approximate and can vary by as much as 30 minutes either way, and wearing waterproofs is also highly recommended.
Thursday 21 February 2019
Minsterworth Church 9.11am, Stonebench 9.26am & Over Bridge 9.46am****
Friday 22 February 2019
Minsterworth Church 9.52am, Stonebench 10.07am & Over Bridge 10.27am****
Thursday 21 March 2019
Minsterworth Church 8.10am, Stonebench 8.25am & Over Bridge 8.45am****
Friday 22 March 2019
Minsterworth Church 8.53am, Stonebench 9.08am & Over Bridge 9.28am****
Saturday 23 March 2019
Minsterworth Church 9.32am, Stonebench 9.47am & Over Bridge 10.07am****
Saturday 31 August 2019
Minsterworth Church 9.47pm, Stonebench 10.02pm & Over Bridge 10.22pm****
Monday 28 October 2019
Minsterworth Church 8.06pm, Stonebench 8.21pm & Over Bridge 8.41pm****
If you’re feeling 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.
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