Day 274 Walking the Sea Wall to the Severn Bridge

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Newport to Caldicot, Monmouthshire

17 miles

Oli and Laura’s house, Cardiff

Oliver kindly dropped me off just on the outskirts of Newport, by the power station. It was early. 

a lovely pub in Nash with chimneys that reminded me of Barrow-in-Furness
Just past the power station was Newport Wetlands Reserve and I walked through it early in the morning all on my own. 

Newport Wetlands Reserve, power station in the background
It was a lovely place; reedbeds in old lagoons that were once used to dump coal ash from the power station. It was beautiful and peaceful. I heard the boom of a bittern and saw a bearded tit. 

the East Usk Lighthouse
looking back at the entrance to the River Usk, both East and West lighthouses in view
The Reserve stretched quite a long way and along the bank of the estuary. I had to walk inland to Goldcliff in order to get around Chapel Pill and then I walked past the Goldcliff Lagoons. I stopped at one of the bird hides and found a ranger inside. We got chatting as we watched the waders and he lent me his telescope. He was watching for crows and buzzards because last year these predators killed all the avocet, lapwing and redshank chicks. I helped look for crows and, when two appeared, the ranger got out his laser to annoy the crows and cause them to fly off. 

Chapel Pill heading into the Severn Estuary
Chapel Pill heading inland
I made it back onto the sea wall and it wasn’t long before I got my first glimpse of the new Severn Bridge. 

walkih the sea wall towards the new Severn Bridge
Nearly there, nearly made it around Wales. First I had to cross the M4 a couple of times and get the train back to Cardiff from Caldicot. 

crossing the M4 by the tolls
The New Severn Bridge