Barry to Newport

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.

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Litter Picking Tips:

Find out how you can help keep your local beaches and coastline for everyone to enjoy while protecting the special features of the Severn Estuary.

  1. Stick to public rights of way and avoid trampling sensitive habitats like saltmarsh and reefs of Sabellaria (honeycomb tubeworm).
  2. Leave natural materials behind and don’t take any rocks plants or other items home.
  3. Avoid disturbing wildlife.
  4. Keep your dog under effective control to protect wildlife by avoiding disturbance along the coast, especially where birds are feeding, breeding and resting.
  5. Check tide times and weather forecasts before you visit the coast.

For more information take a look at the ASERA Good Practice Guidelines

Newport Wetlands (Photo credit grob831, 2014)
Cardiff Bay (Photo credit Richard Szwejkowski, 2020)

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