|The visitor centre surrounded by the wetlands|
This week we decided on Newport Wetlands, a RSPB nature reserve. It is free to park and to get in. They have a visitor centre with a little cafe and shop.
The wetlands are on the Severn Estuary near the village of Nash, and the power station. The views across the estuary are lovely. There are cycle routes and paths suitable for buggy's. There are also "off road" green paths only suitable for walking.
Bear can only just walk so we stayed on the finished paths and walked to the light house. It is only a short walk and with stopping to see the birds and navigating the wonderful wobbly bridge it only takes about 20 minutes each way.
|River with lots of ducks and other water birds|
|Gravel path leading to lighthouse|
|Wibbly, wobbly bridge through wetlands. Its great fun!|
|Danger sign. Person drowning.|
|East Usk Lighthouse|
|Wales Coast Path runs through the wetlands|
|View across the estuary|
|Zig Zag path down, or up, hill|
We stopped for lunch in the little cafe. The choice of food was limited, great for a coffee and cake but not a lot of choice for a toddler. We had Welsh rarebit and tuna melt with coffee. The coffee was lovely but I wouldn't eat there again. It was expensive and the food was just OK. The cafe looked a bit unloved and needs a bit of TLC.
|Where's my lunch?|
|View through picture window in Cafe|
There are huge picture windows giving great views over the wetlands and the ducks that were feeding in the pond. On my next visit I would take a packed lunch and eat outside on one of the many picnic tables or benches.
After lunch we walked back to the car via the playground. It's a great playground with lots of different equipment. Swings, climbing frames and a death slide!
Bear loved the swings, the bouncy ducks, the big red balls and the slide. He didn't want to leave. We also had 2 ducks follow us around, they were really friendly and one had a damaged wing so I am sure they are residents.
|Playground with death slide|
|Fantastic climbing frame|
|Bear on bouncy duck looking at ducks|
|Ducks following Bear|
|Bear sat on ball, duck watching.|
|Bear on swing|
|Lots of educational areas-Minibeast mansion|
|Going home with a stick|