DAY 23: Bristol to Aust (16.55m)

The rain has stopped and the sun is vaguely shining as I leave Clifton, passing the elegant modernist Cathedral, heading into the centre of Bristol.

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After a catch up with my pal Alicja I head towards the River Avon to follow it out of town. 

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Today is a walk dominated by three bridges and I'm heading towards the first: The Clifton Suspension Bridge. Completed in 1864, to a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the bridge sits high spanning the Avon Gorge. 

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Passing under the bridge I carry on, River Avon on my left and the constantly busy A4 on my right, until I reach Sea Mills. A short section of suburbia then I reach the liminal landscape between city and estuary. A landscape of light industry, mini wind turbines, flytipping and sewage works. Of power stations, wide grass verges, distribution centres and logistics companies. 

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Finally I'm out onto the Severn Estuary. A long walk along the estuary is taking me to the second and third bridges of the day.

Firstly the Second Severn Crossing, inaugurated in 1996, which carries the M4 across to Wales.

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I carry on along the estuary.

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Keeping sight of the third and final bridge of the day: The Old Severn Bridge. One of my favourites, this Grade I listed bridge was opened by the Queen in 1966.

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I cross a couple of fields and through a village and then suddenly I'm crossing the approach road to the bridg,e above the toll booths, to reach my destination for the night. 

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 Bridge construction

Bridge construction