The Humber connection to the Wye via the Humber Brook is one thing but the Severn is very much a part of the Wye.
The Wye starts on Pumlumon in the Welsh Cambrian Mountains the very same source as the River Severn. They are but 2.5 KM apart from one another. What are the chances of that? The Severn flows North East off the Massif and the Wye South East but it's the Severn that forms the Brackish water that is the Severn Estuary discharging into the Bristol Channel near Lavernock Point and on into the Irish Sea.
Estuaries are by their nature a combination of waters or rivers and are a bridge between a river environment and a maritime environment. It's here at this bridging point that James and Paul find themselves on Saturday 16th 2016. They are likely lads on a boat heading for Flat Holm Island checking it out for an afternoons exploration for a possible wild camp in the summer.
Flat Holm Island Recce
Flat Holm island we hear you say. Where is that? Well, it's about 4 miles (6KM) South of Lavernock Point or the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales and that's not it above. You can see Cardiff the capital of Wales in the distance to the North. Further North East about 24 miles (40KM) is the Wye at Chepstow and the first Severn crossing. Here we are on the edge of the Severn Estuary South of Lavernock Point. With the second highest tidal range in the world at 50 feet (15 meters) it's a wild part of the water way, which eventually discharges into the Bristol Channel the city of which is not far away to the South.
The Severn is a mighty bit of water, which attracts interest on multiple levels from fishing through to holidays, bore riding, bird observation, wild life, fossil hunters and of course sailing. For James and Paul it was and is a wild camp on Flat Holm Island one the handful of islands in the Estuary.
The island is steeped in History and a focal point for wildlife conservation in the Estuary or what others consider to be the Bristol Channel although debated. Out in the waters looking upon the Welsh and English coasts or banks there is a sense of real remoteness and wilderness. It's this sense of wilderness that is the attraction besides that of the history, which involves war time defences, smuggling and even the development of radion what with the first ever wireless signals over open sea from Flat Holm to Lavernock Point near Penarth.
It's an interesting destination and should make for a great adventure the potential of which was revealed upon its recce. Stay Tuned!
Cardiff is officially on or within the Severn Estuary, which at a line between Lavernock Point South of Cardiff and Sand Point Near Weston - Super - Mare is 9 miles wide.
The city has always been a bit of a favourite being a part of our catchment. It's the largest city on the Severn Estuary at about 350,000 people population. It's extended urban area is more to 1 million making Cardiff a bustling Welsh Capital. Newport a few miles East and closer to the second Severn Crossing where the Severn officially becomes the Estuary is the Estuaries second largest urban area discounting Bristol, which is further inland on the other side of the bank.
The Severn and its Estuary is for sure an historic place in terms of trade and maritime activity. With regards the natural world it's one of the most extensive intertidal wildlife habitats in the UK, comprising mudflats, sandflats, rocky platforms and islands. All urban areas have benefited from the Estuary as has wildlife, which would not be there if it were not for rivers such as the Wye, Avon, Berckley Pill, Lugg, Arrow, Frome, Teme in Shropshire, Lynfi in the Black Mountains and many others near the sources of the rivers that make the Estuary and Cardiff great.
Wild Camp Beyond The River & Just Before The Sea