On Foot
Trail: Sculpture Trail Newport Wetlands NNR (0)
Contributor: NatResWales Activity Type: Walking Difficulty: Easy Distance: 1.124 mi (1.808 km)
Description: Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve is the perfect place to take the family for a good day out. There is so much to see and do on the reserve and a great way to teach them about the world around them. Arriving in large numbers from Africa in April and May are the swallows, house martins, sand martins and swifts that will be sure to entertain you. Down in the reedbeds the bearded tits and water rails are starting to nest. The bearded tits have a distinctive "pinging" call and the water rails sound like squealing pigs. This will entertain the children as they try to identify them by their sounds. Spring is also a great time to spot lines of ducklings paddling hurriedly behind their parents in search of food.

The easy circular Sculpture Trail takes you through the reedbeds where reed and sedge warblers are busy setting up home and readying their nests for the new fledglings. You will hear their noisy singing as you approach the reedbeds. Along the way there will be various sculptures for the children to spot for instance bitterns, water rails and a pair of dragonfly wings as well as a giant dragonfly head bench. Along your walk there will be an opportunity to visit the East Usk lighthouse before heading back along the floating bridge. A section of your walk follows the celebrated Wales Coast Path down at the shoreline. The visitor centre is the perfect place to finish your walk for a refreshing cuppa or bite to eat.

Walk distance: 1 mile 1.6 kilometres.

Start and finish: Newport Wetlands Visitor Centre.

Terrain: The Uskmouth area of the site has been designed with wheelchairs and pushchairs in mind and there are a number of benches to take a breather or just sit and watch the wildlife around you. Take care when walking along the floating bridge near the East Usk lighthouse.

Facilities: The visitor centre has a cafe for a bite to eat and a cuppa. There is also a picnic area to sit and watch the children burn off steam in the play area. There are numerous benches around the reserve to sit and watch the wildlife. There are parking spaces for disabled visitors as well as accessible toilets. There are also three mobility scooters available for hire.

Getting there: From M4 Junction 24 take the A48 west and then follow the brown duck signs to the Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve car park.

From M4 Junction 28 take the A48 east and then follow the brown duck signs.

The car park is on the West Nash road, just before the entrance to the Uskmouth Power Station.

Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 has a branch to Newport Wetlands using cycle paths and quiet roads. There is a covered cycle stand in the car park.

The post code for SAT NAV is NP18 2BZ.

Safety: Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk.

Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.

Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.

Please always follow any instructions on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to TrailZilla copyright terms and conditions.

It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and National Nature Reserves.
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