Between The Severn Bridges

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The Severn Bridges connect England and Wales across the Severn Estuary. The first bridge opened in 1966 and prior to this, the estuary could be crossed via a car ferry from Aust. The second bridge opened in 1996 to cope with increased volumes of traffic. At 3.2 miles long, it is the longest bridge in the UK and the first Severn Bridge is still the UK's fourth longest bridge.

The walk starts from Severn Beach, downstream from the second crossing. The village was only created in 1922, as a seaside resort with a swimming-pool - there's not much of a beach here, despite the name. The walk follows the Severn Way northwards, passing underneath the new Severn Bridge and continuing to the first bridge. The route back is mostly across fields, passing through two small villages, Aust and Northwick. Both have pubs that serve food: the Boar's Head at Aust and the White House, just after Northwick.

This is not always a quiet walk in the country, especially towards the end, as it is very difficult to get away from the motorway noise. There is a complex network of motorways in this area, with the two Severn Bridges and the M4 - M5 intersection close by. There are also a couple of short sections of busy road to walk along, both with pavements.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Severn Estuary

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Birds, Cafe, Church, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets

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