Local Area – Day 12 #BEDN
I live in a village and my Local area is South East Wales. We are surrounded by countryside but still not far from a city and a local town.
We often walk along the lanes to other local villages. There’s also lots to see in the Local Area just a little further afield.
Newport Wetlands – It’s an RSPB centre and you can many different birds and wildlife. It’s predominately reed beds but as it’s coastal it also has spectacular views across the Severn Estuary.
Most of the paths are signposted and it has plenty to keep everyone interested including a play area and visitor centre.
Caerleon – This small town used to be a major Roman city called Isca. There’s plenty to explore from the Roman Legion Museum, the barracks – the finest in Europe, the Roman Baths and the Amphitheatre – probably the best in the UK.
A great place to visit if you like Roman History and it’s free.
Tredegar House – Now owned by the National Trust and it’s good to see it being bought back to life. It’s a 17th century mansion and estate that has a chequered history. It stayed in the Morgan family for over 500 years until 1951 when it was sold after the last few Morgans depleted the family fortune by being extravagant and having to pay hefty death duties.
You have to pay to enter the house and formal gardens but there’s plenty of grounds to walk around for free.
Newport Transporter Bridge – Built in 1906 and is a landmark for Newport. It’s one of only 6 in the world and the only one (of 3) in the UK that is open to the public.
You can travel on the gondola in your car or by foot. It’s quite an experience.
There are lots of other places to visit, castles, community farm, valley heritage sites. It’s a wonderful area to live in and full of rich and interesting history.
Have you visited my Local Area?