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The Severn Bridge

This 10 mile walk in hot sunny weather proved strenuous, but ended with a rewarding hike across the first Severn Bridge.

By way of a change this was a linear walk. Leaving a few cars at the meeting point walkers were transported to Beachley and the start adjacent to the old Aust ferry slipway.

Setting off northwards along the west side of the Severn, we joined the Offa's dyke path which was followed to Chepstow. Stopping for lunch just after crossing the river Wye.

Leaving Chepstow via the ancient Port Wall (a defensive fortification) we followed the Wye and part of the South Wales Coast Path to the M48. Walking through woodland and open space, the route was suprisingly hilly for the area.

Passing under the motorway we joined the footpath across the Wye and Severn Bridges. From the south side were clear views of the second Severn crossing and down the estuary towards Avonmouth.

Returning to Aust, the remains of the ferry terminal were explored before giving the original drivers lifts back to Beachley. The Aust ferry was abandonned when the Severn bridge was opened in 1964.

Thanks to Mark & Rob for this splendid walk.

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