Barry to Newport
The stretch of coastline from Barry to Newport, is an area teeming with people, nature and historic Welsh culture. The rich industrial past of South-East Wales makes this section of the Welsh coastline a great place to visit. South Wales was at the heart of the 17th and 18th century industrial revolution, due to its prolific coal seams, and it also became the world’s largest producer of iron by the early 19th century.
At the westernmost point of this section of the coast, Barry is an authentic Welsh seaside town, renowned for its sandy shore beaches (including the very popular Whitmore and Jackson Bays), and the Barry Island Pleasure Park. A short drive or train journey away, you’ll find the Welsh capital, Cardiff. Cardiff Bay is a hub for attractions and activities, positioned at the coast with a view onto the Severn Estuary from the Cardiff Bay Barrage.
One of the most unique features of the man-made landscape of the South Wales coastline is the Newport Transporter Bridge, transporting vehicles and people with a suspended gondola system. A feat of engineering opened in 1906, this bridge contains 277 tons of steel in each tower. It is only one of six such bridges left in the world, and an iconic symbol of Welsh engineering heritage. At the eastern point of this section of coastline, Newport Wetlands is a serene salt marsh reserve on the edge of the estuary. Each season brings something new to explore, with different types of wildlife to catch a glimpse of.
Check out our Welsh Walks of the Severn Guide for nine walks of varying length between Barry and Newport, produced as part of our Discover the Severn project.