15 August 2012: Sudbrook to Redwick
Sudbrook to Redwick: 7.8 miles (12.5 km) +33m -33m (15 August 2012)
I decided that having started walking the Wales Coast Path in May, we should continue a little further along the coast (or rather the Severn Estuary – it would be a long time before we saw a proper coast).
We met at Black Rock Picnic Site car park because this was more convenient. This meant that we had to walk the short stretch from Black Rock to Sudbrook again but it didn’t take very long.
As we left the car park it started to rain very heavily and it continued like this for most of the day. From the Sudbrook Club (the official start of the day) we passed through the remains of an iron age camp, most of which has been eroded by the river. The main feature of the site is that it is used by the local football club which must be a unique feature!
Further on down the path we passed under the New Severn Crossing which afforded us shelter from the rain as we had our coffee break. A little further along, the path turned inland to avoid passing in front of the Army firing range and then past Caldicot Station. This is probably the closest point the Coast Path comes to where we live.
It was still raining hard and I took the decision to detour off the path and go to Severn Tunnel Junction. Not because I wanted to watch the trains but I knew there were shelters on the station platform we could use while we had lunch.
Of course while we were eating the rain stopped but the minute we started walking, the rain came down as heavy as before. The path then recrossed the motorway near the Toll Plaza and took us back to the coast. It was then a short walk along the flood defences to Redwick where our bus was waiting to take us back to Black Rock.
Total for the day: 7.8 miles
Total around Wales: 251.1 miles
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