WEEK 39 Newport, Gwent to Shurton, Somerset

97 miles walked

(total 2,263 miles walked)

I made it back to England! Hard to believe that I’ve completed Scotland and Wales now. I feel like I’m on the homeward leg, even though there’s still a long way to go. 

Crossing into England looking from the Old Severn Bridge to the New
A lot of miles in a short week – no wonder my feet were sore in my new boots! 

lots of bluebells this week, these ones in Uphill
What a hot and sunny week; the temperatures were way above average for the time of year. Very little wind all week (except on the hill tops) so it has made for some sweaty walking conditions. 

lots of footpath signs now I’ve reached England
This week has been spent skirting the edge of the  Severn Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is made up of an intertidal zone of mudflats, sand banks, rocky platforms and saltmarsh, and I’ve seen it all. 

saltmarsh, mudflats, one of many pill boxes, and of course that bridge!
The estuary has an immense tidal range (second biggest in the world) and a classic funnel shape that makes it unique in Britain and very rare worldwide. I have seen lots of wildlife (butterflies and insects as well as birds) and passed several reserves created to watch it. The birds clearly find the mudflats and the dirty-brown water more appealing than me. I did see first hand just how great is the tidal range. Certainly, around Weston-Super-Mare, Brean and Burnham-on-Sea (what a misnomer!) I often couldn’t see the water. 

me and Clare, my new celebrity best friend!

One thought on “WEEK 39 Newport, Gwent to Shurton, Somerset

  1. Chris Frazer May 10, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    97 miles, beautiful weather, a day with Claire Balding, your new BFF (did she ask for your autograph?) and you are back in England…….what more could you ask for. On on Marshal of the Air (Retd) on on!!

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