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Although the River Severn is Britain's longest river, it remains one of the most difficult to navigate. For most parts, the river above Gloucester was, at normal summer level, just a series of deep pools, separated every few miles by rock bars.

These rock bars had only a depth of 18 inches above them.


   Canal. It was not to be opened until 1827.

   the mistake of calling a narrowboat a barge.

   system was due to the big freeze up of 1963. The canals were frozen over for 3

   months which put the majority of operators out of business.

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