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Written by Ken Brunt - 12 Apr 2005
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Location notes
Located on the banks of the river Severn in Gloucestershire nearest towns are Chepstow and Gloucester.
Railway type and traffic
This is the main line from Newport - Gloucester and carries local DMU traffic, HSTs and 60s on steel trains. It is also a diversionary route when the severn railway tunnel is closed.
Lighted wooded valley prone to flooding and can be muddy so boots with a good tread on the sole is required. The path is a challenging climb to an open plateaux. The cliff is steep and there are hidden cables and things that could trip you up once you have climbed over the fence.
Road directions
Purton is a village signposted off the main A48 Chepstow to Gloucester road.
Leave the A48 and enter the village of Purton. The road comes level with the track and there are a set of gates leading to the track. Park hereabouts. With your back to the gates turn right and a few yards along the road is a footpath follow this over the wooden bridge and up the hill. This may be a little challenging. At the top you will need to climb over the fence on the right to reach the vantage point. BE VERY CAREFUL the edge is dangerous and there are cables and blocks that can trip you up hidden in the undergrowth. If you cannot manage the climb then from the gates turn left an follow the footpath under the railway onto a grassy bank where good shots can be had. The river is tidal so be careful not to get stranded.

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Purton map co-ordinates
There is limited parking by the railway gates.
Public transport
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None in the area, take a picnic. Lydney is nearby.
There is an abundance of varying types of accomodation within the area.
KB - August 2005 - The Chepstow hotel is very comfortable and has an excellent restaurant. I was Charged 45 for Bed and Brekfast and the Evening Meal was 10.00.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Purton general view map
Purton close up map

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Photographic notes
This is a high vantage point and needs very good light to do any photo justice. Most of the day offers a photo opportunity.

General views - All photographs © Ken Brunt unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west

Fig 1 - Looking north west

Fig 2 - Looking north west

Fig 2 - Looking north west

Fig 3 - Looking south east

Fig 3 - Looking south east

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