We were crossing the bridge by about 10.00am, but already the sun was blistering hot. The walk across the bridge was interesting, with wonderful views up and down the river. It was with a great sense of achievement that we set foot on Welsh soil and were pleased when we joined up with the Welsh Coast Path coming down from Chepstow. Over the next few months of walking we will follow it for over nine hundred miles.
There followed a detour inland to take us round an industrial estate, a shooting range and a golf course, before moving back down and on to the river bank. This section was a pleasant meander along a seawall, blighted only by the intense sun. Making good time, we fleetingly considered walking all the way to Newport, but the afternoon sun and the threat of thunderstorms mitigated against it and we ended our first day at the train station at Caldicot, from where we travelled to Newport. We stopped for lunch at a lovely little Italian cafe, before heading for our accommodation in the town. As we walked the rain started.
Tomorrow, we take the train back to Caldicot to then walk back to Newport, a meander of some fourteen or fifteen miles. Walking with only day packs, it should be an easier day, but with heavy thunderstorms forecast, it could be a long one.