On Sunday 22 May, fifteen ramblers and two guests enjoyed an eight mile walk in the upper reaches of the Severn Estuary. Luckily the forecast rain showers held off and, although the clouds in the sky often threatened, the group was treated to welcome sunny intervals.
Starting from the Red Lion in Arlingham, the walkers first made their way along Church Street, taking time to admire the exterior of the fourteenth century church of St Mary the Virgin. This building boasts some of the oldest stained glass in Gloucestershire. The group then passed West End Farm, before following a wide track to reach the banks of the River Severn, where they joined the Severn Way to walk in a south westerly direction. After about a mile a pause for coffee enabled some members of the party to take a closer look at Hock Cliff which is renowned for its wide range of fossils. Such fossils include Devil’s Toenails, Ammonites and Belemnites.
Leaving the Severn Way at this point, the walkers followed a series of footpaths to the edge of Overton Farm and then on to Overton village. A narrow country road, named Overton Lane, then took them past the entrance to Wick Court. This is a Grade II listed manor house, complete with a square shaped moat, and a small traditional livestock farm run by the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.
Shortly after Wick Court, the group re-joined the Severn Way and followed this for about three miles. The visibility was excellent and the group members were able to enjoy superb views across the estuary of May Hill, Westbury on Severn and Newnham on Severn. A stop for lunch near Arlingham Warth gave the walkers an opportunity to observe groups of birds on the Severn’s “horseshoe curve”.
Leaving the Severn Way at the attractive Old Passage Inn (which directly overlooks Newnham on the opposite river bank), the group made their way back into Arlingham along Passage Road. Some ramblers then enjoyed a well-earned drink at the Red Lion Pub before the car journey home.
Passing Arlingham Church
River view at Hock Cliff
Leaving the Severn Way and heading for Arlingham
Enjoying a welcome lunch