NewportWetlands Reserve is a nationally important haven for wildlife and is a designated National Nature Reserve. There is an amazing variety of wild birds, wildlife and flora.
An exhilarating mostly level walk on hard surface paths around the reserve. Generally flat rural footpaths with stiles and gates to negotiate as you leave the reserve. Walkers are encouraged to find an alternative route between point 2 and 3 during the nesting season.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start at Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre
(D/A) Start at the Visitor Centre and follow surfaced path onto the main reserve and around the reed beds leading towards East Usk Lighthouse.
(1) Continue along the coastal footpath before heading inland towards Salt Marsh Lane.
(2) Follow waymarks leading you to the field path on the right, the route winds across fields and footbridges past Redhouse farm and eventually onto Goldcliff Road.
(3) Turn right along the road for approximately 50 metres, look out for a fingerpost again on your right. Turn right along a footpath that loops around Goldcliff Pill back to the kissing gate onto Goldcliff Road.
(4) Turn left onto the road toward Farmers Arms Pub and follow a footpath that leads to the church. Once through the church gates continue along tree-lined path bearing left on approach to church, looking for a footbridge to the rear of church. Follow the waymarks across a series of footbridges towards Henton Farm.
(5) Cross stile onto lane and head left following a rutted track that will take you past Henton farm, before a better surfaced track leads you towards Cross Farm, and the main Goldcliff Road.
(6) Turn right along the road for a short distance before rejoining the footpath at a fingerpost and bridge on your left. Follow waymark arrows over several footbridges to Farmfield Lane.
(7) Turn left along Farmfield Lane until you reach a kissing gate leading you back onto the reserve, continue through the gate and follow the wide grassed track to the sea wall.
(8) Turn right at the sea wall and retrace your steps back to the visitor centre.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 26ft - Visitor Centre
1 : mi 1.44 - alt. 23ft - East Usk Lighthouse
2 : mi 2.8 - alt. 26ft - East Usk Lighthouse
3 : mi 3.96 - alt. 20ft - Goldcliff Road
4 : mi 4.93 - alt. 23ft - Goldcliff Road
5 : mi 5.96 - alt. 20ft - Henton Farm
6 : mi 6.36 - alt. 23ft - Goldcliff Road
7 : mi 6.78 - alt. 23ft - Farmfield Lane
8 : mi 7.82 - alt. 23ft - Sea wall
D/A : mi 9.3 - alt. 26ft - Visitor Centre
Free Admission to the Environment Education and Visitor Centre and Reserve.
Opening Hours 9am to 5pm or dusk if earlier, every day except Christmas day.
Look out for the distinct Gwent Levels Circular Walk Waymark Disc.
Please be advised route descriptions may alter as improvements are made to footpath structures along these routes
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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