Wentwood, near Newport

What's here

Welcome

Wentwood was once a hunting preserve for Chepstow Castle and it is the largest area of ancient woodland in Wales.

Most of the original native trees here were felled during the middle of the 20th century to make way for fast-growing, timber-producing conifers.

We are restoring Wentwood to native broadleaved woodland and our ancient woodland restoration project has been accredited under the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative.

The forest is scattered with archaeological features from ancient trackways to the remains of an old mill.

Visiting Wentwood

You can explore Wentwood on foot, bicycle or horseback.

There is a welcome panel in the car park with a map and information about what to see.

There are also marker posts to help guide you along the paths through the forest.

In spring the paths are surrounded by carpets of bluebells.

Look out for wood ant nests - these mounds stand up to 4 feet high.

Enjoy the harmony of bird song and you may spot deer or even an adder.

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Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust own and manage a large part of Wentwood.

For more information about what you can see in Wentwood go to the Woodland Trust website.

National Forest for Wales

Wentwood forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands.

In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
  • We may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice, due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
  • Please always follow any instructions on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here

Location

Wentwood is 7 miles west of Chepstow.

This site straddles the county borders of Newport and Monmouthshire.

Ordnance Survey map

Wentwood is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 14 and 152.

The OS grid reference is ST 422 948.

Directions

From Newport, take the A48 towards Caerwent.

After 6 ½ miles, turn left onto the Usk Road, signposted Llanviar Discoed (Llanfair Disgoed / Llanvair Discoed).

After around 3 miles, pass the Wentwood reservoir and Foresters’ Oaks car park is on the left.

Continue for a further ¾ mile, and Cadira Beeches car park is on the right.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Caldicot.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Parking

There are two main car parks for visiting Wentwood:

  • Foresters’ Oaks car park is on the left (this car park is managed by Newport City Council)
  • Cadira Beeches car park (managed by Natural Resources Wales)

Car parking is free of charge in the Cadira Beeches car park.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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