Walking 1004.9 miles from John O'Groats to Lands end in aid of Accommodation Concern! (starts august 3rd 2014)

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Severn bridge to shepherds patch

As I write this blog o have a small ball of ginger fur named Alfie hogging my sleeping bag! Not sure what's wrong with his ! Cute tho .
Today we woke to a thick mist obscuring everything this made both the Severn bridges very moody (will add pics soon)

 just north of the second bridge the mist started to lift revealing to heavily laden figures walking towards us, these turned out to be mike and Jenny from an army barracks in York walking from barracks to landsend each of them were carrying about 4 stone of gear! God knows what tho!

With the mists clearing the nice FLAT landscape was revealed with views of pastural bliss ! At west end sluice we dodged the extra mile to oldbury on Severn by hopping over a 15 foot long bridge owned by the water authorities and banned for use by us normal mortals, daresay most take this route, following this was the delightfull magnox neuclear power station ,

 topped up with water at what used to be a pub bit is now an autistic kids home (forget its name tho) here we also met Maggie, Annie and Dave cooper who kindly donated ten pounds to the charity and half of Annie's tea, yep alfies charm works again!

Wandered on to the old powerstation at hamfield farm and headed inland to Berkeley for supplies ,cut a corner here and walked cross country......

 to shepperds patch where our campsite is right at the back of the Tudor pub, plaice and chips for dinner mmmn.


  1. I think I may have pitched there myself last year! If it's where I remember, it had a terrible flood there some years ago? Very friendly owner and a good place to stop - especially with the pub serving some good food (which I failed to resist!).

    I had the same problems with Patch taking over my sleeping bag....but they make great hot water bottles on a cold night!

    Well done both!

  2. Andy, you make it all sound so scenic! (... at times, anyway!)

    Thoughts with you both 24/7, keep it up!!

    Judy x

  3. Hi Sophie , sorry for the delayed response often too tired to pay much attention to things other than Alfie food and beer of an evening !
    Very flat campsite so I can imagine its built on a floodplain, the pub at the site looked quite tidy so no sign of recent floods.
    Alfie is holding out remarkably , his pads show very little sign of wear and tear and his fitness continues to improve, after initial problems with the cold bothering his bad leg he now shows just far too much energy.
    Good for him !