We completed a short stretch of the Coastal Path near Newport at the end of March. The beginning was trafficky although the handsome bridge and River Ebbw view better matched the sunny walk.
In order to get onto the Coastal Path, we used the A48 dual carriageway, and then an underpass took us into a green area by a rugby ground.
Quite a lot of city walking needs earplugs, and the graffiti isn’t always up to much (not as poor taste as Newport council who destroyed their fine Chartist mural by Kenneth Budd), but it is varied and there were kids angling in the Ebbw.
This bit of the path is shielded from the road, and we expected to find a way over the railway line via the bridge we could see.
Wrong to follow the Coastal Path signs. The works there do have a diversion, which a security man was on hand to point out, and we went up onto the bridge, which replaces an old stone bridge – the gap is where the train was passing.
This was probably the highest part of the route because beyond was flat to the sea marshes. We did get glimpses of the Transporter Bridge, a famous Newport landmark which opened in 1906.
There were also cattle and what turned out to be mostly swans and only a couple of geese.
Ducks were near to a sluice gate.
It is strange countryside. Any pylon fancier should go there to see them marching across the green, even dominating the Transporter Bridge from certain angles. This one was a bit special.
We walked to the West Usk Lighthouse, which, according to the B&B site, was built in 1821 and designed by Scottish architect, James Walker, his first lighthouse of 22, and shorter and fatter than most. We’d met a few cyclists and strollers on our way, and were glad to see a pub open all day on our way back, suitably along Lighthouse Way.