Portskewett and the bridges (39124)
Coastal Walk that is relatively flat and loops inland near Portskewett. There will be views of both Severn crossings. Feel free to join the walk if you are new to walking.
Coastal Walk that is relatively flat and loops inland near Portskewett. There will be views of both Severn crossings. Starting off near Black Rock we walk along the coast towards the Severn road bridge. Then we head inland via Portskewett and Caldicot following the railway line in a few places. After heading over a bridge over the M4 near the toll booths we re-join the coast. The walk will also pass through Subrook where the Severn rail tunnel makes landfall. Depending on the weather there could be some muddy areas so if you have walking booths please bring them. Otherwise trainers are ok if you don't mind them getting dirty and wet feet. There is the possibly of a pub at the end and the walk can be shortened depending on the group and weather.
Food & Drink
Please bring water and a packed lunch with snacks.
Meeting & Times
What to bring
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking Trousers: will be more comfortable. No Jeans which can be are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof Over-Trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglassses and Sunscreen: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye. Sunscreen is a must
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Extras to consider: A change of shoes as your boots may get muddy and a bag to put your boots into. If the weather is wet, it is worth considering bring a change of clothing to leave in the car or at least a change of trousers as your walking trousers may get muddy.
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All photos taken by Wayne McQuaig
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