01-Apr-2006 -- We were in the area today seeing the Severn Bore which is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).
It is something to see, and would recommend it to anyone who is in the area during ‘Bore’ season. We managed to see it twice before heading out to the CP, it was more spectacular in the narrower part of the River Severn, and it was very powerful.
Having seen the Bore, we immediately started to head for our second event of the day and that was to get to N52 W03. We had an OS map which was helpful however on this trip we also had a Tom Tom from work which directed us right in to Michaelchurch Escley. From here we turned on the GPS and followed the arrow up a small road parking the car at a farm gate 170m from all the Zero’s.
Today was a funny day weather wise, it was raining hard for 10 minutes, then very sunny for 20min and then back again to hard rain, just as we stopped the car the rain started heavy. We waited a little, but the clouds did not appear to have any breaks in them so we decided to do this CP visit in the rain. We could see the Oak from the car that others had walked to, and followed the GPS towards it, crossing through three paddocks and a small stream to get there.
The CP is less than 10metres from the large oak, and with all the rain the ground was very wet and muddy. It took me a little while to get my photo with all the Zero’s which I must have no matter how long I have to wait, it is a must with me. In the cold and wet we took the photo’s and started to walk back to the car, you guest it just as it stopped raining and the sun popped out!!
Back in the car we headed towards Cardiff to have a look for a few Geocache and have lunch.