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P King Chef
Hi Julian,
just a quick one, the service station now incur parking charges for a stay of longer than two hours.

Pete

At work I have to make a lot of sacrifices.
It's one of the benefits of being a Druid.
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BCT
Hi jus tot let everyone know (maybe everyone does know) I was at AUST yesterday and the service road is closed off for all pedestrian access to the cliffs. There is active construction work going on for servicing of one of the electrical pylons ( I spoke with one of the crew). Access via the waterfront is of course permitted as this is not under their control. Also for anyone coming to this website, the information regarding AUST is very out of date of course and now at the base of the cliffs is a temporary road construction site. It is extremely boggy with vey deep mud/almost quicksand type- ok it's not quicksand- but clays saturated with water and what seems like stable ground one can sink up to their waste in a second ( I know i experienced this yesterday- much to the fun of my kid. There are of course many recent falls but have become buried under the road works. In short it's a real bog.

Found some reptile teeth and the usual stuff but really too boggy at present to be safe as if you sink deep it can take a minute or 2 to escape and that means not being able to move fast in the event of a rock fall.


Apologies if I'm already telling everyone what they already know. I'm a "newbie" here on the forum.

BCT
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Julian123

Thanks for that - I was going to take my 7 year old to the site but I will give it a miss for now.
Julian

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BCT
Julian123 wrote:

Thanks for that - I was going to take my 7 year old to the site but I will give it a miss for now.


Hi, yeah, it's probably just too boggy for the moment and there was no indication of when these guys would be finishing (actually they are just beginning their work) lots of heavy equipment and cars going up and down the road too. I'm not sure why they had made some sort of road in front of the cliffs either unless they plan to use it for some turing area.

BCT
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P King Chef
They've started that early, according to the notice posted on the gate the works weren't supposed to begin until March.
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Pete

At work I have to make a lot of sacrifices.
It's one of the benefits of being a Druid.
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Julian123

That's a real drag - is there any other access to the top side of the beach? (East coast, North side)
Julian

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P King Chef
If you're up for a walk you can park at Aust service station and walk down the lane past the "permanent" traveller's site (bit of an oxymoron) and the sewerage treatment plant and the lane brings you out at the far end of the cliff on the up stream side of the bridge. 
Pete

At work I have to make a lot of sacrifices.
It's one of the benefits of being a Druid.
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Julian123

Ok thanks - how far ( I have a lazy 7 year old with me!). And will I be able to find gypsum up at that end? Cheers for the info
Julian

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BCT
Don't know about access at that end. The big hassle is that service road really cuts down the time having to trudge along the muddy boggy foreshore and back.  Certainly even after I explained what I was there for they were not going to let me walk down the road ( basically as the sign says)- oh well I thought i might try it on LOL. They even cautioned me not to go due to machinery moving about but said as i said earlier that they don't control the beach so nothing stops me going that way. he did say it was very boggy over near the base of the cliffs though and he was right on there LOL.

Maybe via the sewerage works ( on Google Earth)??? Or for the adventurous, absell off the cliff face, dou't forget to bring the ascenders LOL.

BCT
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P King Chef
Follow the yellow brick road.
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Pete

At work I have to make a lot of sacrifices.
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Julian123


Thanks Pete, doesn't look far.

will I be able to find gypsum up at that end?

Julian

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P King Chef
Not until you're almost up to the bridge Julian and the it's higher up in the cliff not like the south side where it is down at beach level.

Pete

At work I have to make a lot of sacrifices.
It's one of the benefits of being a Druid.
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Julian123

Ok thanks. Well I guess at low tide I can walk past the bridge anyway. I really appreciate the help Pete.
Julian

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Richard K
This a link to a report by 'our' geologist who has been checking the talus pile for any worthwhile specimens.

http://avonrigsoutcrop.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/aust-pylon-and-talus-works.html
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Rosco
As a matter of interest. is there anywhere to park other than the service station (charges after 2 hours), if I want to take the path past the sewerage works to enter the north shore end? (not via the south)

Thanks
Ross
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Dirty Pete

Not really unless you want your car nicked. Go on a falling tide from Aust Wharf and you have plenty of time to do both up and downstream cliffs.
Cheers
Pete

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Rosco
Hi Pete, yes I know about visiting via south on a falling tide, been there many times that way.

But the days I will have free to visit over the next month dont coincide with a falling tide or low tide, and I doubt I'd be able to get round to the north under the bridge on the muddy walkway thats exposed on low tide, so was thinking of accessing via north.

Unless its possible to climb up that bank under the bridge and walk around that concrete wall (with the metal railing) and down the bank on the north side..
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Dirty Pete
If you're agile you can climb up the wall on the downstream side and over the pier as you suggest. The wall has narrow ledges and you can heave yourself up by grabbing a branch on a bush. I haven't visited for a while so am not even sure if the bush is still there. There used to be a rope attached to it. They also put no access signs on the gates to deter people. Failing this, park where the bridge workers park their cars, the junction of New passage road and the bridge access road, walk over the top of the tolls then through the services following the coast path through a field with the observation post in it. 
Good hunting,
Pete
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P King Chef
Tide height is more critical to be aware of, if it's over 12m it won't leave you a lot of beach to walk on but under 12m you can easily access the bridge and the North side.
The climb up the bridge block is fairly easy,( I'm 57 but 6'1") it's just like climbing a ladder but do it closer to the cliff as it's not so high.
Pete

At work I have to make a lot of sacrifices.
It's one of the benefits of being a Druid.
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Rosco
Thank you. Want to make use of the days free I get, just so happens they are high tides. Noted about the 12m....

The bridge block climb sounds doable if needed.

Cheers
Ross
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Julian123
Hi all, What is the story with parking at Aust now? I want to take my son to search for gypsum.
Thanks.
Julian

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Dirty Pete
Just park on New Passage rd, then go through the gate past the ruined ferry buildings along the raised concrete causeway and you're there. Plenty of gypsum to be had. 
PS the keep out signs are for vehicles not pedestrians so don't be intimidated by them.

Pete.
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Julian123
Many thanks Pete!
Julian

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Julian123
I cant see any ruined buildings on new passage road? Cant I just drive and park down on Aust Wharf Road?

Julian

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Dirty Pete
The gate between New passage and Aust Warth is now usually closed (Locals fed up with people driving in there for the sake of being 20m closer to the cliff). Park as close to the gate as you can then walk along Aust Warth past the big house with the ruined overgrown ferry buildings on the left, through the second gate with keep out signs on it then along the causeway to the cliff..... Noticed Aust Warth Road on google maps looks a lot longer than it actually is, which maybe confusing you.

Pete.
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Julian123
Many thanks Pete. Much appreciated.
Julian

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