Take to the water at Newtown

The Newtown River is located on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight between the Medina and the Western Yar. The estuary provides a great place to explore in safety and is ideal for families.

Kayaking and canoeing
Newtown creek and Clamerkin lake offer sheltered canoeing and kayaking in waterways which meander up to Newtown Village. It's fun to explore all the inlets where you can, and just meander along at your own pace, enjoying the nature reserve.
 
Small boat and canoe guide for Newtown National Nature Reserve
Small boat and canoe guide for Newtown National Nature Reserve

 
The best slipway is at Cassey Bridge, just down the hill from the Old Town Hall, but please move your vehicle afterwards to the car park by our visitor point. We don't recommend launching canoes or kayaks from Shalfleet Quay.
 
Information for sailors
The Solent is famous for its double tides, and these are felt in the Newtown Estuary. The tidal flow in the harbour entrance can be quite fast and so it is important to keep within the navigation marks, particularly when the tide is low.
 
There is a 5 knot speed limit so that everyone can enjoy the charm and character of the place, but we also ask that you keep noise and disturbance to a minimum in order to preserve its peace and tranquillity.
 
We provide moorings for visiting boats between April and October – large white and numbered buoys – in two well defined groups in the first reach of the Newtown River and Clamerkin Lake. Moorings can't be reserved so the river can be very busy during summer weekends in the summer.
 
There's a landing place for tenders and dinghies at Newtown Quay by the black hut. This hut is next to a wooden bridge from which the public footpath leads up the hill to Newtown Village and our visitor point. Drinking water is available at the landward end of the wooden walkway from Newtown Quay and there are waste bins at Shalfleet Quay.
 
We don't charge for anchoring, but visitors are encouraged to make a voluntary donation which goes towards the upkeep of the harbour. The Harbour Master can be contacted by phone on 01983 531424, but not on VHF.
 
More details about Newtown Harbour can be found in the Solent Handbook and Directory (pages 64-65 in the printed version).
 
Mooring fees
The reason we don’t give concessions to National Trust members for mooring is because as a matter of law, the benefits of Trust membership (such as free entry to our houses and gardens) must clearly be linked to our charitable purposes. Providing free yachting facilities does not fall within the National Trust’s charitable purposes.  
 
Rest assured though that the fees collected at Newtown do contribute towards the conservation and management needs of our Newtown National Nature Reserve.