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“Great cycle ride on the M48”

Severn Bridges Visitor Centre
Ranked #108 of 222 things to do in Bristol
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

I have lived in North Bristol for many years, and have never cycled over to Chepstow on the M48 (originally the M4 original bridge built and opened in the 1960s)

It was a glorious day and the tide was in so this makes the views much better and I did not realise what a great bit of engineering it was and currently is and the incline which you do not realise when you are in a car but is manageable

Cycle tracks are open on both sides and you can get to the other side by a tunnel, which is not that bad and keep to the left hand side you will do fine - the track going eastbound is busier by nature so if you wish to have a quieter ride, either go really early or stay on the westbound side

I will be back I am sure and the good news is that it is FREE for cyclists and walkers

It does not take long, but obviously they may shut one side for engineering works or other safety issues ( I presume that the diversions will be in place) and at least this is an option having lost the Aust ferry!! It is easily signposted with Cycle Network signs

You get good views of the new M4 bridge

1  Thank Ann L
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Having found out there was a cycle way come pedestrian walkway across the old Severn Bridge we decided to investigate. With a little bit of research using a search engine map we found a place to park Aust side on Old Passage Road which is nicely located to access the downstream path, there are paths both sides of the bridge which we were not originally aware of.
The path takes you right across and takes about an hour walking at a reasonable pace. We came back using the upstream side which is accessed by a tunnel under the M48 on the Welsh side.
The only word of caution that there are many cyclists also using the path so you need to keep to the left and be aware of them approaching as although there is a speed limit of 15 MPH some are not aware of the speed they a doing or just don't care.
We aim to repeat this soon and walk into Chepstow for lunch before heading back.

Thank Wansbrough2013
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

I was in South Wales for a night out and really wanted to see the old suspension bridge up close.

Parked up in Chepstow near the bridge and cycled across on the cycle path to the english side and back. Worked out at about 14kms round trip.

Really great looking at the engineering.

This was the first great suspension bridge after the Tacoma narrows disaster, pioneering the aerodynamic wing.

Really worth a look.

Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Whilst staying in Bath, we made the drive to go and see the bridge, and paid the £7 to travel across it - and then returned - which was free in that direction. Totally worth the drive, the cost and the time. Did not disappoint.

Thank Harrison_F_Carter
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

Driving home we opted to drive over the new Severn Bridge (M4), as i'd never driven East-bound over the new one.
No tolls going east to England - only West-bound to Wales.
The view North to the old original bridge was specular in the early morning light.
Also, the view from the centre is equally good.

Thank 923Dan
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