Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Groes Wen Inn & Newport Wetlands Reserve
Spent a very pleasant Sunday with family. We met up in the Groes Wen Inn at Penhow, Caldicot (http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/thegroesweninnpenhow/) and I had a wonderful Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding lunch. The menu was extensive, the service was faultless and everyone in our party except for baby Ava seemed to enjoy their food (can't say I blame her, the dried bread dunked in runny yellow stuff did not look appetizing at all) . We decided to walk off the excess at the Newport Wetlands Reserve near Goldcliff. This wildlife reserve is situated on part of the tranquil Gwent Levels, at the edge of the city of Newport, and was created to compensate for the loss of the mudflats of Cardiff Bay. The reserve is owned and run by the Countryside Council for Wales, who work in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Newport City Council.
Covering over 438 hectares from Uskmouth to Goldcliff, the reed beds, saline lagoons, wet grassland and scrub, have attracted a wealth of wetland birds. The Reserve is also an excellent place to see orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and otters. Footpaths cross the Reserve and there are 3 way-marked trails varying in length from 2.74km (1.7 miles) to 4.36km (2.7 miles).
A new gift shop and cafe has been erected at the entrance and it was nice to while away the time sipping a latte and watching the ducks and swans swim by. Made for a nice relaxing final day in the home country, and the sun was shining too. Can't fault it!