Chepstow to Caldicot

An early start (which is not easy on New Year’s Day – Happy New Year to you all by the way!!) as the rain was forecast from 2pm, and we got to Caldicot train station by 9.30, for a quick journey to Chepstow. Cleo’s first ever trip on a train as well.

Waiting for the train
Waiting for the train
And on we go
And off we go

We decided to walk from Chepstow back to the car in Caldicot and, after stopping off for a Costa, we headed for the Bandstand which starts the walk (we had been advised that wellies would be more suitable than walking boots for today’s leg of the journey).

The wheel showing the sections of the walk
The wheel showing the sections of the walk
This is us (before the walk and smiling)
This is us (before the walk and smiling)
And this is Cleo - nice and clean at this stage
And this is Cleo – nice and clean at this stage
The coastal path is 870 miles - today we are attempting 9.5 miles
The coastal path is 870 miles – today we are attempting 9.5 miles

There isn’t really much to say about the first 2 or 3 miles – once you get out of Chepstow town centre it is all suburban streets, industrial units and woodlands, following the signs but not seeing much coast at all, as the sign explained…..

One of the signs which will become all too familiar
One of the signs which will become all too familiar
Andrew with Cleo at the Chepstow wall
Andrew with Cleo at the Chepstow wall
Cleo and Sharon racing ahead
Cleo and Sharon racing ahead
The sign explaining why the coastal path had no coast!!
The sign explaining why the coastal path had no coast!!

But once on the coast proper we found a fish, and had our first casualty as the water bottle dropped to the floor and shattered.

Andrew is the one on the left!!
Andrew is the one on the left!!
A fish out of water
A fish out of water
The first casualty
The first casualty

A church and a nice statue of King Tewdrig soon followed and the walk then took us across a few very swampy fields some of crops and others of animals – including, according to Sharon, some very pretty sheep (she has been living in Wales too long!!).

King Tewdrig
King Tewdrig
The church
The church
A very muddy Cleo
A very muddy Cleo
Another muddy field
Another muddy field
This field was flatter and less muddy!!
This field was flatter and less muddy!!

After stopping for a wee, crossing the golf course briefly and then the train tracks we finally started to see the coast and some lovely views of the Second Severn Crossing, before having a paddle at Black Rock.

Look left and right
Look left and right
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Like the Monaco harbour
The Severn Bridge
The Severn Bridge
Black Rock
Black Rock
The water is lovely - come on in
The water is lovely – come on in
IN the sea at Black Rock
In the sea at Black Rock
Hence why it is called Black Rock
Hence why it is called Black Rock

At Black Rock we also got an update on our progress – 6 miles completed and just 864 to go!!

A statistician needs some figure work
A statistician needs some figure work
The 6 is good (miles completed)... the 864 is not so good!!!
The 6 is good (miles completed)… the 864 is not so good!!!

The last part of the walk is the best for views of the Severn Estuary, and for landmarks – we crossed under the Second Severn Crossing, then walked along by the motorway (the famous windsock you see as you drive over the Severn bridge) and then we crossed over the M4 on a footbridge.

Under the Severn crossing
Under the Severn crossing
Looks magnificent from this angle
Looks magnificent from this angle
The windsock
The windsock
Over the M4 we go
Over the M4 we go

And the end was in sight – 9.5 miles, in just over 3 hours, the wellies and swampy conditions didn’t help but we beat the rain, and boy are we shattered – I bet even Cleo sleeps well tonight after a well-earned bath.

Newport left and 16 miles (via a shortcut)- the car is right - we choose right!!
Newport left and 16 miles (via a shortcut)- the car is right – we choose right!!
Cleo having one last pose
Cleo having one last pose

And off now to plan the 2nd leg of our mammoth journey. This morning Sharon said we should try to do all 870 miles during 2016, let’s see if she is sticking to that plan tomorrow.

Andrew and Sharon

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