Step Count: 32,004
Distance: 12.14 miles
Max Altitude: 18 m
Min Altitude: 4 m
Height Gain: 99 m
Height Loss: 100 m
It was quite the morning. I slept like a log after yesterday and even high winds on the Severn Estuary couldn’t buffet Clark Tent enough to wake me. I left the campsite to get to the path by about 0830 and started walking. Within 30 minutes as I passed Peterstone Wentlooge, I noticed a collection of driftwood on a marshy patch next to the sea wall. When I looked closer I saw that somebody had created the name ‘BRIAN’ in giant letters. I was overwhelmed. As you will know, that was the name of my late father, whom I lost to pancreatic cancer four years ago, and the whole reason why I’m doing #WalkingWales. It was incredible, strange and emotional. A positive sign if ever there was one though.
When I got to the West Usk Lighthouse I took the opportunity to sit down and just be.
I could see the Transporter Bridge in the distance but because of the industrial zones, as well as several temporary diversions, I was routed inland for ages. I walked through Dyffryn and arrived at Maesglas Industrial Estate, where I was very kindly given coffee, biscuits and a comfortable chair by ironman triathlete, Richie Bowen. It was much needed and I am very appreciative of the hospitality. Richie’s chosen charity for Ironman Wales was Pancreatic Cancer UK too.
Then on to Pill before I finally got to the Transporter Bridge. I stood beneath it for the first time in my life; before today I’d only ever driven past. And as luck had it I was just in time for the final crossing of the day too. Yes, yes, it’s technically cheating because the Transporter Bridge isn’t on the Wales Coast Path, but the fact that it’s a national treasure is my perfectly valid excuse.
After passing near factories and through a large industrial zone, I was finally back in some yellow meadows nearing the Newport Wetlands. I arrived in Nash and the waymark was directing me across a field of cows. Thinking nothing of it, I strode across the field. I felt a rumbling behind me and saw the herd rushing towards me, so I had to hightail it across the rest of the field before leaping to safety across the fence on the other side. I think they may have been a bit hungry. Either that or they wanted me dead….