CUMBERLAND BASIN, BRISTOL. SPRING TIDE February 3

The weather has been awful lately – endless rain and high winds have been beating the coast. This morning the spring tide is the highest for ages  – 11.60m. The Severn Bore was especially high and people were being warned to keep away on the Severn banks although that didn’t stop the surfers.
We got there 15 minutes before high tide. The water was already over the top of the dock walls and moving out over the railway lines, the roads and the car park. It moves incredibly quickly but gently and silently, quite eerie. It covered the tops of the docks around the entrance to the basin surrounding the dockmaster’s offices and covering the tops of the lock gates. Out on the New Cut it almost touched the old railway bridge.
Once it reached the top of the dock wall  by the inner lock it flowed around along the dockside by the Pumphouse pub until it found the sides of the lock and poured over it creating two long waterfalls.

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