Water connections are more important and give the place a character best described as mixed. It's got a port on the Severn and there's the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. Now, some ports and canals are "historic", get the full heritage treatment, are made pretty and become full of "desirable residences". Sharpness hasn't reached that stage yet. For a start, it's still a serious, working port with non-prestigious cargo..
There's a lot of decay
|Old crane parts|
|Actually, not decay: This is lichen covered swing-bridge indicates clean air|
|My attempt to get a "pretty" photo of the docks|
|This disused navigation light has some charm|
You need to turn to the nearby River Severn for more pretty sights....
|This picture is a bit of a cheat - I used the Picasa 3 "I'm feeling lucky" button to get these vivid water and mud colours|
|Sunset over one of the piers at the harbour entrance|
|There is some wildlife|
|The canal basin (foreground) River Severn (middle distance) Forest of Dean (background)|
|The large "Sharpness Dockers Club"|
|One of several derelict houses|
|Riverside footpath leading to the defunct nuclear power station|
|View over the river to the various Severn bridges|