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Walk Aust to Thornbury then Oldbury then back to car park 12.5 miles

Distances are approximate. Walk is relatively flat, bar two hills, one on the outward and and one on the backward leg (both up and down). There is also one down on the outward leg and up on the backward leg, to get from Aust services to the Severn foreshore. 

A Google Map is here... 
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z-Fmcyhea40Y.ktnsr6qYHI4A 

Outward Leg (About 5.5 Miles)----------------------------- 
Start at Aust Services. Walk to the viewpoint over the bridge.Turn left and walk along the top of the cliff and then downto the foreshore towards the power station in the distance. 
After about one mile you come to an inlet (Whale Wharf). Turnonto the road and go inland. At village of Littleton-upon-Severn turn right and continue in direction of pub (very good pub).


Just before pub turn down what looks like a drive on the leftand continue to end. Style on left takes you across a field towards the hill in front.


Cross over the small road and into the next field and climb up the hill. Keeping the hedge to your right.  - This hill can be very slippery when wet. If it is soggy    underfoot we can take a detour (but makes the walk longer).    If so we will walk back the same way, avoiding Oldbury.


At top of hill bend round the field to your right. Then down the hill into a small valley and up again. Now cross field in a left ward diagonal to a gate at the end, and then follow the track along. 


Eventually you meet a road continue on this to a T-junction.Cross over into the next field and keep going till the golf course, go around the golf course keeping it on your left and then descend into Thornbury. 


Mundy playing fields (paddling pool, swings and football pitch)is in front. Head for this. This is a good picnic spot. Behind the playing fields are shops and pubs if you fancy something more. 

Backward Leg (About 7 Miles)---------------------------- 
Exit Mundy playing fields and back and turn left along high street.Pass the pump and turn left down to the church/castle. 


At church there is the entrance to the castle on the left, but before this is a small track on the left. Go down this. The track forks with the left fork going up a short incline. Take this left fork. Keep going.


You reach a road cross, cross this and take the footpath straight ahead across the next field. This takes you through a farm and then you meet another road. 
Turn left and follow the road until it bends left. At the left bend take the bridle way in front of you. Eventually there is a bridle way to the left which you should follow up the hill to Oldbury Church. Now follow the lane north and down the hill into Oldbury. Again nice pub here.


Before the pub, by the stables turn left. Get to the foreshore and turn left and carry on until you reach the hill back up to Aust services. 


At Aust there is a pub on the other side from the services in the village. Also for those wanting a bit more explore you can see the sight of the old ferry (famous photo of Bob Dylan was taken here)at the other end of the village (bit of a hike up a hill though). 

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  • Nigel S.

    My Garmin said we were doing about 2.2 miles an hour. Very leisurely. We finished around 17.00 at a pub. Also we stopped for an hour for lunch.

    April 29, 2014

  • Nigel

    Ie what speed do you guys walk ?

    April 29, 2014

  • Nigel

    I was just wondering what time did you finish the walk Appox. ?

    April 29, 2014

  • Nigel

    I was just wondering what time did you finish the walk Appox. ?

    April 29, 2014

  • Claudine

    My first walk out of three which were picked for the Bristol Walking Festival.

    I would like to say a big thank you to Nigel for all his help on Sunday and for convincing me to change the route and not using the Jubilee Way path. Without Nigel's help, I might not have had as much positive feedback as I had yesterday. I appreciate it and really owe him one for all the help he so kindly volunteered.

    I felt good after my 12 mile walk, even though I do not walk 1 miles on a regular bases. Well done to Jane and Rusty the dog for walking the full 12 miles. Although we did not have a big group of walkers, I felt for my first walking festival event it went well. I even had two walkers from Reading turn up.

    I am looking forward to planning and hosting a few summer, autumn, and winter walks and photography events with my friends during 2014/2015. We already have a few ideas in the pipe line.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • June

    Thanks for kind comments. I'm recovering but my car is pretty battered! Someone decided to run into the side of me in Oxford.

    April 27, 2014

  • June

    Apologies - I was involved in a car accident yesterday and I'm not able to get to the walk

    April 26, 2014

    • Claudine

      Get better soon. How and where did it happen? Look for the photos.

      April 27, 2014

  • Christian H.

    Hi Claudine, sorry won't be able to make tomorrow. Ended up doing a 10 miles walk today so need to catch-up tomorrow.

    April 26, 2014

    • Claudine

      Hope you are all rested up. The walk was fun and yes look out for the photos. Maybe see you on the waterfall RECCE in Wales this summer.

      April 27, 2014

  • janice b.

    Apologies claudine I wont be attending tomorrow now, change of plans.

    April 26, 2014

  • steve w.

    Hope nothing too serious June. My apologies too. Am not going to be able to make it. My child care juggling didn't quite work out.

    April 26, 2014

  • janice b.

    Hi claudine I see too that you have allowed a long time span to complete this walk.

    April 25, 2014

  • Nigel

    I notice Claudine that you have a finnish time of 1845.
    That seems very late. Is this a typo error ?

    April 23, 2014

  • June

    Hi Claudine - looking forward to the walk & my first Meetup event. I do loads of walking but this walk is new to me so it will be interesting. Just wondered whether the general plan is to have a pub lunch or bring packed lunch - it suggests both as a possibility but I thought it best to check as I'm happy to go with the majority. Cheers June

    April 23, 2014

    • Claudine

      I always say to bring a packed lunch and water on my walks. However when we stop to us the toilet, sometimes we stop for extra drinks too. Sorry we never have time for sit down meals during my walks. Its also not a good idea to walk miles after a heavy meal.

      1 · April 23, 2014

    • June

      Ok thanks for info

      April 23, 2014

  • Claudine

    This walk is also new to me. I am also looking forward to walk.

    April 23, 2014

  • janice b.

    Thanks for the suggestion I would much rather not pay for parking.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Nigel S.

    Note you have to pay to park in Aust services...

    http://motorwayservicesonline.co.uk/Severn_View

    Would suggest parking on other side of the tolls in Aust, or on the way to the old ferry position and then walk across the tolls (there is a foot bridge) to the Aust car park if you want to avoid paying

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Claudine

    Anyone picking up from Bristol?

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Claudine

    This walk has worn a place in the Bristol Walking Festival 2014. Hoping many non meetup members will join me on this walk in a few weeks time.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Claudine

    For all walks listed by myself, please make sure that you're fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first. It's much better to find a walk a little too slow or easy than to exhaust yourself.

    Some walks are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join and bring some food and drink - even if the walk includes a pub or café break.

    Walk leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organiser or leader in advance. For the safety of yourself and others please follow any advice and guidelines issued by the organiser and the instructions of the leader. Although walking is a very low risk activity, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents.

    Thanks

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Claudine

    Thank you to all the 7 people who have signed up for the 12 miles. :-)

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Katrina B.

    It's along way off but I hope to be able to make this walk.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Claudine

    Are people happy to park at the Granada Services
    M48 Service Area
    Aust Motorway Services Area
    Severn Bridge
    Aust
    Bristol
    BS35 4BH

    1 · November 21, 2013

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