Day 99 Severn Tunnel Junction to Newport 21 December 2017

Today was certainly not as exciting as yesterday, but few days are. It was a very straightforward day. I arrived at Severn Tunnel Junction around 8.50, and retraced my steps for about half a mile, to rejoin the path. It crossed back over the M4, then went straight down to the sea-wall.IMG_2984

Looking back, the second Severn Bridge was far more visible than yesterday, despite being overcast. On the far shore, I could see Portishead where I finished at the end of October. It was too cloudy to be certain of any other landmarks.

The tidal range of the Severn river is 12m – the second highest in the world and the result is a wide expanse of mud-flats. There was not a lot of bird life visible, but all the interpretation boards told me the place is teeming with our feathered friends.

The sea wall continued more or less without interruption, before turning slightly inland and then entering the Newport Wetlands Conservation Area, which is also apparently full of migratory species, although almost the only thing I saw (other than a rookery) was a lone adolescent swan.IMG_2995

The Wetlands are well-named. For a good ten miles, I was bog-trotting in heavy mud, across a succession of fields, with the odd road crossing. Navigation was more-or-less straightforward, although the Newport district signage does not have the useful yellow tips that is on the waymarkers in Monmouthshire. I missed one sign which, although it only wasted five minutes, had the knock-on effect of making me miss the train at the end by one minute.

The last few miles were on the outskirts of Newport – not a place about which compliments readily spring to mind, although the City Council is obviously trying its best with a new walkway along the River Usk and an interestingly designed pedestrian bridge across it.  IMG_3012

The weather was warm again, overcast, misty and with little wind.

A bronze day, taking me 15.9 miles.

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5 thoughts on “Day 99 Severn Tunnel Junction to Newport 21 December 2017

  1. Newport does have one thing going for it – the Transporter Bridge! I was brave enough to walk over it, but I did have to cheat by crossing on the gondola first and walking back, because they only allow you to walk one way. However I’m glad (and impressed) that they allow you to walk at all.

  2. I’m no longer sure where you are getting your info, but good topic. I must spend a while finding out more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic information I used to be looking for this information for my mission.

  3. I’m no longer sure where you are getting your info, however great topic. I needs to spend a while finding out more or figuring out more. Thank you for magnificent information I was looking for this information for my mission.

    • I’m not quite sure what you mean about where I am getting my information. I am recording what I see. For information about wildlife or physical features, I check the interpretation boards that the various councils have dotted about. Hope you enjoy your walk.

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