GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Newport Wetlands

2 miles (4 km)

This circular walk takes you around the beautiful Gwent Levels near Newport. The reserve covers 1,080 acres of the Caldicot Levels attracting a wide variety of wildlife. These include Cetti's warblers, Bearded Tits, Little Egrets and Little Grebes.
There are well laid out footpaths taking you to ponds, reedbeds, grassland, lagoons and along the lovely Severn Estuary. On the Orchid walk you can look out for beautiful plants and flowers. The RSPB facilities are very good with a visitorcentre, picnic areas, play areas and cafe.
The section along the estuary and past the Usk Power Station is part of the National Cycle Network so you can bring your bike too! It's a lovely traffic free ride, passing the 19th century East Usk Lighthouse with views of the River Usk.
The reserve is located just a few miles south of Newport town centre. You can park at the reserve if coming by car or you could follow National Cycle Network Route 4 and other local cycle routes to the reserve.

Postcode

NP18 2BZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Newport Wetlands OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Newport Wetlands Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

You can bring your dog to the reserve and take them along a route around the perimeter of the reserve marked by pawprint signs. You can get a map from the visitor centre, where there are tethering rings and a drinking bowl at the entrance.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head east and you can pick up the Redwick Circular Walk and visit the attractive area around Goldcliff. The village of Redwick also includes a notable medieval church which is Grade I listed.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Newport Wetlands - geograph.org.uk - 593011

Looking south-west over the mouth of the Severn down one of the paths in the Newport Wetlands

Newport Wetlands Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1085697

A view along one of the Wetland Reserve's expanses of reed-fringed open water towards Uskmouth Power Station.The shot is taken from one of the hide screens on the main path into the reserve from the visitor centre.

Newport wetlands - geograph.org,uk - 754834

A view across the Goldcliff Lagoons towards Goldcliff Point on the horizon. Goldcliff Pill, which is tidal, is hidden by the bank in the foreground but the debris from a recent high tide is visible on the opposite bank.

Viewing platform at Newport Wetlands - geograph.org.uk - 751680

Viewing platform at Newport Wetlands. This is the first of three viewing platforms at Newport Wetlands, Goldcliff, from which the birds on the saline lagoons can be observed.

Orchids and Buttercups on the Newport Wetlands Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1346831

Orchids and Buttercups on the reserve. Southern marsh orchids (Dactylorhiza praetermissa).

Children's play area, Newport Wetlands Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1346887

Children's play area, Newport Wetlands Reserve. Being adjacent to the RSPB visitor centre, several of the pieces of equipment have an ornithological flavour. A 4m high play lighthouse mirrors the East Usk lighthouse on the reserve

Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre - geograph.org.uk - 496401

The visitor centre under construction July 2007

Newport Wetlands, East Usk Lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 496411

East Usk Lighthouse. The East Usk Lighthouse was constructed in 1893 and is situated where the River Usk joins the Severn estuary. The Somerset coast can just be seen on the right of the picture.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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