Saturday, 11 September 2010

Severn Way

After a slow beginning and mid august, the end certainly kicked into life with three walks completed over the Bank holiday and the first week in September. Somehow without knowing about it I have decided to complete the Severn Way over the next six months.
For those who don't know the River Severn is the longest river in the UK and start in Wales by the River Wye, it heads over via Newtown , Welshpool and Shrewsbury to the Midlands , before heading south to Bristol.
I have completed various parts of this walk whilst completing other challenges, so it only seem right to connect the bits done. The additional three legs have been from Stourport to Worcester, Tewkesbury to Gloucester and Upper Framilode to Slimbridge, the later two covering LEJOG ground, once again returning fond memories. I did have a nasty shock during the last of these walks, I'd somehow left my cold drink at home so only had the coffee I'd made. Being 28km walk I though I'd need to buy some refreshments en route, which at the top of the Arlingham Peninsula, there is a pub, which when i saw it on the map I though "that will do", so in I went to have my usual pint of orange and lemonade (never drink on a walk), thinking it'll be £2 -3, usually what it costs, so when bill came for £5.50 , I wish I'd had a Lager, would have been cheaper, so warning anyone doing this walk - take your own drink or a mortgage with you. (Did however help myself to my "own" sarnies, god knows how much they would have cost?
The Gloucester to Upper Framilode leg, I am going to time coincidental with a Severn Bore (wave which goes upstream), this could have been done today, but for decorating.
Looking ahead to my e2 challenge, I have researched next year LDP's and provisional timing is just after Whitsun for the Southern Upland Path, and beginning of August for the North Downs (half) Path, other half the next year!
I have now become a member of the End to End club, and received my official certificate of "Outstanding Achievement" and also purchase a club fleece, now worn with pride.

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