GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wentwood Forest

5 miles (8.8 km)

Wentwood Forest is located a few miles north east of Newport in South Wales.
The expansive forest has miles of good woodland trails with bridleways and tracks that are also suitable for mountain bikers. Highlights include the lovely bluebells in the spring and fine views of the Severn Estuary from the high points in the forest. The area is also great for wildlife enthusiasts with 75 species of bird, including rareturtle doves,nightjarsandspotted flycatchers to look out for on your visit.
This circular walk in the woods explores the eastern area of the forest before heading to the picturesque Wentwood Reservoir which lies on its southern fringes.
The walk starts from the Cadira Beeches car park in the heart of the forest at postcode NP26 3BA. Paths will take you around the eastern section before doubling back to visit the reservoir. You can follow paths around the water and climb to Gray Hill where there are fine views over the forest and the surrounding countryside. You then head north through Foresters Oaks to return to the car park.

Postcode

NP26 3BA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Wentwood Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wentwood Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Glade Tearooms for some refreshments after your exercise. Here you canenjoy homemade locally-sourced food in the heart of Wentwood Forest.You can find the tea rooms on Grey Hill Road at a postcode of NP26 3AZ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

As you'd expect the trails in the woods are ideal for dog walking so you're likely to see other dogs on your visit. The Glade tea rooms mentioned above are also dog friendly and can also provide treats for your pet.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Caerleon Walk explores the nearby town with its significant Roman Fortress and river walks along the Usk. It then climbs Chepstow Hill before exploring the western part of the woods and climbing to the viewpoint near the car park.
The woods are also located close to Newport and Chepstow where there are more good trails. You could try a waterside stroll along the Newport Canal Walk or visit the historic castle on the Chepstow Walk.
You can pick up the Usk Valley Walk near the forest too. This will take you along the River Usk into the town of Usk if you follow it north.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Wentwood Forest - geograph.org.uk - 617212

Wentwood Forest The coniferous woodland cloaking the crest of Wentwood hill looks black when viewed, like this, from the north. The whole is a distinctive feature of the drive south on the A449 towards Newport.

The Road through Wentwood Forest - geograph.org.uk - 118619

The Road through Wentwood Forest

Wentwood Summit - geograph.org.uk - 10487

Summit pillar. The highest point of Wentwood, deep in the forest.

Wentwood Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1188369

Wentwood Reservoir From the picnic site looking south over the reservoir with the Bristol Channel in the background. Wentwood was opened in 1904. The surrounding ancient woodland is popular with walkers and the reservoir itself is a centre for trout fishing. Taken in June 1988

Path up to Gray Hill, Wentwood - geograph.org.uk - 1097852

Path up to Gray Hill, Wentwood Looking down towards the farm at Foresters' Oaks. Just visible on the left is the Usk Road and buildings at Coed-gwent.

Road junction at Foresters' Oaks - geograph.org.uk - 539730

Road junction at Foresters' Oaks The road ahead leads, via Wentwood, to Usk. That to the left to Llanvaches, via Millbrook Lane. Behind the camera, the road leads to Newport and Chepstow.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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