Things to see and do at Newtown National Nature Reserve

A view over the quay at Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight

You'll find plenty to do here in Newtown National Nature Reserve. There are many perfect spots for relaxing, such as the beautiful harbour or our peaceful woodland. Or for the more adventurous, we have quiet roads and lots of paths for walkers.

Discover wildflowers

 
Newtown boasts one of the best wildflower meadows on the island, full of lovely orchids in early summertime.
 
On the Isle of Wight we make a special effort to encourage wildflowers in various habitats.
 

The harbour

 
Exploring by boat or just mooring for a while, Newtown harbour is a beautiful place to relax in.
 

Walking

 
One of the best places to explore by foot on the Isle of Wight is Newtown National Nature Reserve. Many of the paths are flat and easy to walk along, but in the winter they can become a little muddy, so it's worth wearing suitable footware. 
 
Two walkers stride out along the harbour wall at Newtown with water on both sides

Enjoy the estuary... Newtown walk

Take a gentle stroll through the varied habitats of the Island’s only National Nature Reserve, and visit a Town Hall with a colourful past.

 

Exploring the nature reserve

 
Woods and meadows lead down to the edge of the estuary which is a wonderful network of secluded creeks and waterways.
 

Bird watching

 
Newtown provides perhaps the best opportunity for bird watching on the Isle of Wight. We have three bird hides and knowledgeable volunteers - and some terrific birds.
 

Seabroke bird hide

 
In the Seabroke bird hide the solar-powered telescope provides live close-up images of birds on a screen, and our volunteers are on hand to identify whatever is to be seen.
 

The east hide

 
This is one of two other bird hides overlooking the estuary. The tide is doing its bit to wash the path away but we are endeavouring to maintain it for a few more years.
 
East Bird Hide at Newtown National Nature Reserve
East Bird hide at Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight
East Bird Hide at Newtown National Nature Reserve
 

Uncover some history

 
Newtown has a particularly fascinating past with its rotten borough status and salt and brick industries. Visit Newtown Old Town Hall and find out about the mysterious Ferguson Gang.
 

The Old Town Hall

 
Visit the Old Town Hall to discover more about Newtown’s fascinating history.
 

Clamerkin pond

 
This pond, set in a small area of sheltered woodland, is an excellent place to spot dragonflies.