Friday 19th February 2016 – 309.22 miles
Up early again and away by 6.45. Managed to get the tent down and packed away before sunrise!
Walked along roads heading for our first glimpse of the river Severn. Through Hallen and over the M5. It was then that we followed a busy for two miles to the industrial area near the Severn.
The road was wet and muddy in places so we were given a “spray tan” every time a large truck drove by! Eventually we were able to follow a cycle track. We found a bench to sit on for 5 minutes and have a snack. Would you believe it, there was a better one 5 minutes further on.
Met Johnny from Barry who wished us luck and we gave him a flyer. We reached our 300 mile point today and we celebrated with a selfie when we reached the Severn with the 2nd Severn crossing in the distance. Severn Beach was the next destination where we met Emma who gave us a brioche each which we ate as we walked. We went to the shop and bought ourselves a celebratory picnic bar each. We also visited the public loo – a rare beast on this walk!!
From there we followed the sea defence and walkway. We met a group of people walking their dogs who asked us about our walk. We spent a pleasant 10 minutes chatting and they wished us success and also gave donations. Thanks to Sheila, Ian and Dave.
At the end of the paved promenade we came to our only disappointment of the day – a very very muddy Severn Way walk. It got worse as we progressed as the path had been trampled by horses. Very difficult and tiring but we finally came to the end of that section of the walk at Aust. It was time for our usual pot of tea for two and the nearest pub was an easy 1 mile walk to the Boar’s Head at Aust. We arrived very muddy and bedraggled but manager Jayne made us very welcome and invited us in. We asked for a pot of tea for two and, after finding out what we were doing, gave it to us free of charge – how kind is that? We asked if we could charge our phones and the answer without hesitation was “Yes”. We bought a second pot of tea and Jayne asked where we were going to stay for the night. We answered that we were not sure as yet. Her reply was that there is a field behind the pub that we were welcome to pitch our tent for the night. Thanks again Jayne and Paul. Tent up, supper eaten and we are now enjoying the cosy atmosphere of the bar. Chatted to John Dyke and also to Paul who gave us some advice about the cycle trail which would get us to Sharpness. He and Rachel and son Benjie had enjoyed an evening here. It was a perfect end to our day thanks to our hosts.