Allt-yr-Yn Local Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationCar parking is limited to a small area outside the reserve (grid ref: ST 296 889).
The paths can be steep and muddy in places. There is one very steep flight of steps which should only be attempted by properly equipped walkers.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year
About the reserve
Only 1km from the centre of Newport, this reserve has been described as a ‘treasure within the city’ and is designated a Local Nature Reserve in recognition of its importance to the local community. The reserve is owned by Newport City Council but Gwent Wildlife Trust has a long association with the site’s management.
Spring brings forth a good variety of woodland flowers, from snowdrops to opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage within the damper woodland. In summer, the south-facing meadows are home to a variety of interesting flowers including common spotted-orchid, meadow vetchling and oxeye daisy. The ponds, once used as a lido, are now full of insects such as water boatmen and pond skaters, whilst marsh-marigold grows around the edges. Amphibians such as frogs and smooth newts live on the reserve and we’ve built a hibernaculum to provide an additional safe haven for these species. Autumn is the best time for a fungus foray. There is an impressive display of woodland fungi on the reserve, including the bizarre looking earth star which resembles a mini spaceship, and brightly-coloured waxcaps can be found in the meadow. The reserve is also home to a good range of woodland and wetland birds such as woodpeckers, kingfisher, moorhen and warblers.
From Junction 27 on the M4, follow the sign for Newport City centre on the B4591. After about 1km, turn left onto Ridgeway Avenue. Follow this road for 500 metres and then turn left onto Allt-yr-Yn View. After a further 500 metres, turn sharp left along a rough track towards Grove Farm. The reserve entrance is a short distance along the track before the farm.
Near the reserve
Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Great Traston Meadows, Magor Marsh and Dan-y-Graig reserves are a short trip from the city.
In the local area, Tredegar House Country Park has one of Wales’ finest country houses and BelleVue Park, located within the city of Newport, is one of the oldest town parks in Britain. Newport Cemetery contains a wealth of wildlife and is the oldest municipal cemetery in Britain. Newport is also host to a Medieval cathedral and castle as well as excellent museums. Look out for the city’s most famous landmark, The Transporter Bridge, which carries visitors by gondola over the River Usk.