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Swansea Ramblers Walk



Newport 14 Locks




Walk Start / Finish Location:
Off B4591 north of M4 junction 27

Walk Distance: 4.5 miles (2.5 hours)

Walk Level: Moderate

Parking: 14 Locks Visitor Centre
(Free but gates locked by 4:45pm)

Transport: Traveline - www.traveline.info   - or - Telephone 0871 200 22 33




Walk Description



Have you driven the M4 towards the Newport tunnels and ever thought of walking here? Hidden away is a flight of disused canal locks to rival the more famous ones in England. Partially restored at the visitor centre, you can descend the as yet un-restored section to where a far sighted M4 motorway designer filled in and concreted over a 50 yard section of the canal in a tunnel that comes out to a restored section. You can climb to the view point then descend through a nature reserve or continue along the canal.


From the visitor centre take a look at the first restored lock then retrace your steps and turn right then right again to cross the second lock. Descend past un-restored locks to a canal side cottage. Cross the canal bridge and descend alongside the canal to the M4 where you can marvel at the short sighted way the planners allowed the concrete of the M4 to invade the canal. Passing under the M4 you emerge at an idyllic canal walk.

After a short distance the more energetic can cross the canal bridge and ascend straight up the fields to the road and the viewpoint, well provided with seats to take in the panorama. If you don't fancy the climb then continue along the canal to a lock with a house on the left.

At the top of the climb turn left along the road to see the view. Continue along the grass towards the transmitter. Look right for distant views of the Transporter Bridge, the Newport Council Tower and Llanwern Steelworks. Take the one way lane (or continue along the road for a couple of hundred yards to scramble left by the houses onto the lane further down. After passing a few houses an unmarked woodland path descends west through Allt yr Yn Reserve to a field then heads back into the woods lower down near the stream. Eventually cross a stile onto a track (which you could have used had you ignored the woodland path).

More options present themselves but go straight across through a gate and descend to a couple of small ponds. Follow the wider path on the other side of the ponds to cross a canal bridge to that lock and house where those doing the shorter canal walk rejoin the main walk.

Descend the path between the house and stables and go under the M4. Watch for the muddy path in a field going diagonally left off the track over a couple of substandard stiles to a council stile. Cross the stile and head uphill diagonally right to a stile hidden under trees. Follow the signs around the edge of the golf course and cross to the left of the club house. Go left over the stile at the car park and through a tree lined boundary into another field. Go left onto the road then immediately left off the road to a green lane by a house. Continue along the tarmacadam road for about a mile, going past the reservoirs to the junction. Turn left back to the car park.


Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide these routes but accept no responsibility for those walking them.

If you would like to go on a walk but would prefer to do so with a group of people then click on our Programme section to see what walks we are leading.

We have walks for varying levels of ability and you get the chance to see the countryside in places you might never go by yourself!






Maps of the Walk






Ordnance Survey map of the route to walk
Resizable and draggable
(Can be reset to original dimensions by refreshing the page)
Green Swansea Ramblers logo markers where present can be clicked to provide more information

Peoples Collection link

The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or historic Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Trail/805-newport-14-locks




Photographs of the Walk



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M4 Junction 27 Eastbound



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The turning off the B4591



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A Google StreetView of the road to 14 Locks Visitor centre.
You can move along the road and turn in 360 degrees



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The restored lock by the visitor centre



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An oversized dragonfly



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Visit the first lock then double back and turn right



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Visitor Centre



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The first lock



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Double back and turn right to the second lock



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Another lock ahead



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The second lock



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Cross to the other side



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Descend the towpath



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Watch out for wildlife



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Last of the restored locks



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Descend to the cottage



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Cross the bridge



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Keep next to the canal



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M4 and a surprise ahead



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Go under the M4



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A far sighted motorway architect concreted over the canal



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Go left to follow the canal



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Either continue on the flat to the house by a lock or cross the bridge to ascend to the viewpoint



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After the bridge go through the kissing gate and straight uphill



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Continue uphill to the side of the house



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The road is the other side of the house



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Up to the viewpoint



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A good panorama can be seen here and lots of benches line the viewpoint



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In the other direction is the Transporter Bridge



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Follow the one way lane and watch behind you for traffic



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Newport Council offices is another landmark



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Continue down the lane



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Go past a few houses



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Opposite a house there is an unmarked path descending back towards the transmitter



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This is Allt yr Yn Nature Reserve



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Eventually you emerge in a field



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Turn right and re-enter the woods lower down



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Follow the path to a stile



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The stile comes to a track that you could have used from the road above



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Go straight across through a gate



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Cross the ponds and follow the broad path



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Make for the house by the canal



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Cross the canal bridge and turn left



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At the house turn right down the lane
(This is where those who earlier continued along the canal re-join the main walk)



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Go under the M4 again and follow the road



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As you emerge into an open area go diagonally left over a few stiles
(watch for barbed wire)



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This field can be muddy



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A council stile comes into view



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The arrows point left but the next stile is hidden diagonally right



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The stile is indicated here.
Don't use the makeshift stile on the left of the picture



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Keep to the edge of the Tredegar House Golf Course



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Cross to the left of the club house, watching for golfers



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Into the car park



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Go left over a stile to the trees



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Turn left on the road



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immediately turn left back off the road into a short lane



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Follow this track, ignoring the footpath on the right



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The tarmacadam road starts at the houses and continues all the way to the visitor centre



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The road passes between the reservoirs



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Wildfowl on the reservoir



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Not far now. Take time to look back at the view



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Turn left at the junction



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Back to the visitor centre


A variation on this walk would have been to go under the first M4 subway, follow the canal then taken the second (wooden) bridge into woodland.
A large flight of steps take you through the woods where you can turn right and descend a field to that stile out of Allt yr Yn reserve. The alternative route is below.

A variation on this walk would have been to go under the first M4 subway, follow the canal then taken the second (wooden) bridge into woodland.
A large flight of steps take you through the woods where you can turn right and descend a field to that stile out of Allt yr Yn reserve. The alternative route is below.





The route of this walk has been added to The National Museum of Wales' Peoples Collection Web site.
A choice of aerial imagery or different scale Ordnance Survey mapping is available.
Click the map below to enter their web site (opens in a new browser window)
or copy and paste this link into a new browser window.
http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Trail/500-14-locks

Peoples Collection link





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Cross the second (wooden) bridge



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Ascend the steps



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Good views at the top



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Eventually turn right into a field



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Descend to allt yr yn Nature Reserve



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Turn right to reach the stile for the reserve or go left to reach the canal bridge






More information about walking in Wales is available at:    www.ramblers.org.uk/wales

Ramblers Cymru and Swansea Ramblers provide this route but accept no responsibility for those walking it

All photographs Copyright 2012 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved




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