The challenge this year is taking me to rivers and places that I didn't know well. For the Rivers Severn and Swale it's a different story.
|The Old Customs House, Gatcombe, Gloucestershire|
My younger son and his family once lived here. The lane in front leads to a watery end in the River Severn if you pass under a railway bridge.
Here is how it looks in a later photograph.
|Gatcombe near Blakeney, Gloucestershire|
Close to the river it's only separated by the railway.
|The Severn Line train passing Gatcombe|
My grandsons and I used to climb a bank through the trees on the right.
|Accompanied by Milly and Cara|
From the walk alongside the trees different views of the Severn could be obtained.
|Severn at low tide between Gatcombe and Purton|
The Severn is considered to be the longest river in the UK, rising in Wales it flows c 220 miles to run into the Bristol Channel and thence into the Irish Sea and the Atlantic.
|Severn Map - Course of the River Severn|
In terms of water flow it is the greatest river in England and Wales.
It's almost four years now since we visited Richmond in North Yorkshire to visit its magnificent castle. of course when you are there you get some magnificent views,
|Looking down on the River Swale from the castle walls.|
|It's a long way down if you fall|
Better to take a riverside walk -
|But keep off the rocks and not get swept away|
- Gatcombe, near Blakeney, Gloucestershire: 4 March 2007 ex geograph,org,uk by Ruth Sharville - CC BY-SA 2.0 licence
- Severn Line train passing Gatcombe: 20 September 2008 ex geograph.org.uk by Stuart WIlding - CC BY-SA 2.0 licence
- Severn at low tide between Gatcombe and Purton: 28 June 2016 by Forester2009 - CC BY-SA 3.0 licence
- Severn Map: 19 January 2015 by Chris bayley: CC BY 2.5 licence