Emerging onto the A40 near Over Farm, you are suddenly in a whirl of never-ending traffic as you walk up the pavement until you hit the turn-off to the old bridge, built by the great Georgian engineer Thomas Telford in 1829. They knew how to build in those days and this bridge served the city until 1974, reputedly bearing the weight of tanks during the Second World War.
Now it leads, Alice in Wonderland-like, to a pedestrian access to the city which many who have lived here a lifetime may not yet have discovered. Above you on the flyovers are Over Causeway and behind you the A40 as you pass through Richard's Wood, an urban woodland which brings you out onto the main road near to the city itself. The wood is a modern planting and is named for Richard, Duke of Gloucester, better known to history as King Richard III.
A pedestrian bridge takes you over the east channel of the Severn and now you have a decision to make. If you are staying in the city, then go straight on up into Westgate but if, like me, you are pushing on to Longford, then turn left and follow the path along the river.
Not everyone likes urban walking but I do, I think it offers a different perspective on the world and this is a very interesting, if not particularly picturesque, section. The river runs quietly alongside as you pick your way along a slightly overgrown path, with always the noise of traffic and the odd bit of debris from urban life. It feels almost like you are intruding on a secret world on a little-trodden path and I suppose in a way, that is true.
You follow the east channel along the backs of houses until you intersect with a quiet little B-road, by which time the traffic noise has disappeared to a faint hum. Taking the right fork in the road, you then turn right across some fields with Longford in the distance.
It looks a fair step on the map but in fact is very quick and very easy and suddenly you are stood on the A38. Tomorrow, you take the path right in front of you but for today, it is time to find a bed.
The Premier Inn at Twigworth is the closest, if you opt for the one at Longford then there is another bit of walking to do but you can break that with a quick pint at the Queen's Head, halfway on the left, if the mood takes you!