Recently I enjoyed an easy walk with friends and a dog in the area surrounding Saul Junction, it was a cold and windy day but a nice walk none the less.
We parked up on Whitminster lane right next to Stroudwater navigation after passing the church of St. Andrew in Whitminster. Parking was a layby next to a field, we crossed the road and onto the canal towpath walking towards Saul Junction.
The towpath was populated with many narrow boats, barges and cabin cruisers and many boat owners had planted flowers (mainly daffodils) on the bank. There were a few water taps on the way for the boat people, was useful for the puppy to drink and rinse paws on the way back.
The towpath led us past Saul Marina where many boats were moored up.
We then reached Junction Bridge and the bridge house and crossed the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, crossed a lock and passed The Willow Trust boat.
We headed towards Frampton and arrived at destination, Stables Cafe, a canal side eatery with indoor and outdoor seating.
The Stables Café opened in September 2008 in the idyllic location of Saul Junction. The Café gets its name from years ago when the building was used as stables for horses that towed vessels up and down the canal. If you are looking for breakfast, lunch, coffee, snacks or homemade cake, this café offers something for all.
On my recent visit I opted for the club sandwich on granary bread and chips, was very tasty, good service and filling. For drink I had a cold canned drink and an Americana coffee. For more info see their website https://thestablescafe.my-free.website/
Saul Junction is where the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal meets the Stroudwater Canal, the junction is popular with boaters and there are many lovely walks along the idyllic waterways. Nearby is a Marina and Visitor Centre.
The marina is a place for moorings and also has boats for sale.
Gloucester Sharpness Canal
A canal running from Sharpness Docks to Gloucester Docks.
The River Frome, once also known as the Stroudwater is a small river in Gloucestershire with springs in Nettleton. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Frome,_Stroud