Saturday 10 September.
We had a good room at the Travelodge, with a bath, always a plus when walking. We left late, 10am, as we had not far to go. We thought it would be about 2 hours, in the event it was nearer 3 hours!
We took the pedestrian footbridge over the M48 to join a small road which then joined a short pathway to the A403. The pathway cut off a dangerous corner. The way beside the A403 was badly overgrown and made walking difficult beside a busy, fast road. Fortunately the exposure was short lived.
We found a signed turn off and headed across paddocks towards the Severn. Although the pathway was not too overgrown underfoot it was difficult to find and a lot of the stiles were broken. We finished up at the wrong side of a hedge. We eventually picked up a sign and I back tracked to look at the correct path. The stile pictures should now be in the correct order.
Shortly before reaching the road some of the stiles were really well hidden. The picture which just appears to show a corner of a hedgerow is actually hiding the next stile! The following stile was easy to locate, but had a rotten top rail, and then we were at the road leading to the stop bank.
There were good views north to the M48 bridge and south to the M4 bridge (photos). We picked up the stop bank, after heading through the most overgrown path of the day (see photo of Shiel) and headed south to Severn Bridge. There were a number of gates across the stop bank but most people just appeared to walk around them, probably because the gates for walkers were overgrown with bramble and there were no fences anyway!
We passed a wetland with lots of birdlife and birdwatchers before we finally reached a concrete pathway/seawall which led all the way to the Severn Bridge.
We had our photo taken by a friendly birdwatcher and then headed for Severn Beach and the train to Bristol to meet up with R's sister and brother-in-law.