Black Rock - Sudbrook - Coastal Path - Long Barrow - Black Rock

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The first part of the walk up to Waymark 9 is on good paths, but the rest of the walk is over fields, which can be waterlogged in the winter. There is plenty of birdlife on the estuary and the walk goes up over the hill to visit a long barrow. There are good views of both bridges and the information boards at Black Rock tell of the old boat ferry there, before the building of the Severn Tunnel and the bridges.

Wales - South Wales - Monmouthshire - Coast

Features

Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Pub, River, Wildlife
16/09/2020 - Stephen Paul Monaghan

Repeated this walk on 7/8/2020 and again on 15/9/20. Pleased to say that the dog mess problem is mainly a thing of the past, thanks to the additional waste bins in place. We changed this walk somewhat (see Point 3), removed much of the industrial site phase, added a pleasant park and reduced the distance to 6 miles. Point 1: The "small school" in Sudbrook is now housing, with a side road named "Old School Mews". Point 3: after crossing the railway line, take the next road on the right. Cross a stone bridge and keep on ahead. There is a narrow footpath on the left hand side at the end of the road, which passes between wire fences and crosses a defunct railway line to emerge in the pleasant Cornfield Project park (several benches here). Head across the park to emerge on a road. Turn right here to reach the main road through Portskewett. Turn right. You are now on Point 5, looking out, in about a 1/3 of a mile, for the footpath opposite the Portskewett National School building. Point 6: followed the route described in my notes of November 2012. The café at the Tunnel Centre in Sudbrook was now open on several days.

06/11/2012 - Stephen Paul Monaghan

Walk would have rated higher if it hadn't been for the need to go through an industrial estate (unfortunately unavoidable if the walk is to be circular) and for the amount of dog mess which was around (from near Sudbrook in Point 1 and then all along the coastal path in Point 2 up to near the railway line crossing in Point 3!). Wording in Point 10 could do with re-arranging to state: "Reach and cross a stile and go forward for about 50m to pass through a gate onto a farm track." Currently, the wording suggests that the stile at Point 11 is 50 yards along from the gate, when it is almost next to it. (The stile at Point 11 is broken - no foot board. Reported to Monmouthshire CC.) Point 6: if you follow the gravel path to the right, rather than the narrow, grassy path to the left, you reach the entrance drive to a house, with a stile into a field over to the left. If you cross the stile and continue directly across the field, you reach the stile show at Point 8. This is a much more direct route than that given and avoids the need to climb a locked gate and also a very muddy gap in the hedge you have to go through.

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