ST5590 : Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Road Bridge

taken 8 years ago, near to Beachley, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Road Bridge
Cycleway and footpath on the Severn Road Bridge
River Severn

The River Severn is the longest river in the United Kingdom, at about 220 miles. It rises at an altitude of 610 metres on Plynlimon, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester, and Gloucester on its banks.
The river is usually considered to become the Severn Estuary after the Second Severn Crossing between Severn Beach, South Gloucestershire and Sudbrook, Monmouthshire. The river then discharges into the Bristol Channel.

The Severn Crossing

Severn Crossing is a term used to refer to the two motorway crossings over the River Severn estuary between England and Wales. The two crossings are:

The Severn Bridge (Welsh: Pont Hafren)
The Second Severn Crossing (Welsh: Ail Groesfan Hafren)

The first motorway suspension bridge was inaugurated on 8 September 1966, and the newer cable-stayed bridge, a few miles to the south, was inaugurated on 5 June 1996. The Second Severn Crossing marks the upper limit of the Severn Estuary. From 1966 to 1996, the bridge carried the M4 motorway. On completion of the Second Severn crossing the motorway from Aust on the English side to Chepstow was renamed the M48.

The two Severn crossings are regarded as the main crossing points from England into South Wales. Prior to 1966 road traffic between the southern counties of Wales and the southern counties of England either had to travel via Gloucester or take the Aust Ferry, which ran roughly along the line of the Severn Bridge, from Old Passage near Aust to Beachley. The ferry ramps at Old Passage and Beachley are still visible.

Tolls are collected on both crossings from vehicles travelling in a westward direction only. As of January 2012, the toll for small vehicles is 6.20. The Old Severn Bridge is Grade I listed.

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Date Taken
Friday, 7 June, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 6 February, 2019
Geographical Context
Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Roads, Road transport 
River (from Tags)
River Severn 
Primary Subject of Photo
Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 556 903 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:36.6297N 2:38.4944W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 556 903
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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