Adventures around Newportwith PlusBus

With coastal wetlands, forests and canals in easy reach, Newport in South Wales is surprisingly green. It may sometimes struggle to compete with nearby Cardiff and Bristol in terms of tourist reputation, but has its own treasures: museums and markets, bridges and bars, the grounds of stately Tredegar House and Victorian parks like Belle Vue. A short bus ride north brings you to Roman Caerleon, home to the second Augustan legion for two centuries. And, heading eastwards out the city, you can soon be striding through wooded hills with views of the Severn. Here the landscape is peppered with ancient monuments and wild flowers. You can reach all these places with a PlusBus ticket for a very small extra fee on top of your train fare. Read on to find out more.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: countryside | family fun | historic house | markets | parks and gardens | roman remains |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in March 2024. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Hillforts and bluebell woods

    For some steep climbs with fantastic views across rolling countryside, catch the bus to the village of Langstone and head for the hills. The rolling landscape near Newport is full of surprises. Iron age forts are hidden in ancient flowering woods while the big panoramas take in scattered islands and the Somerset coast.

    • For energetic hikers, this epic 9-mile circuit through the wooded hills near the village of Langstone is well worth the effort. It passes castles and carpets of springtime bluebells, kicking off from the Ford Farm bus stop.
    • So how do I get to the Ford Farm bus stop? Buses 74C and 74A run there from Stand 13 at Friars Walk bus station in Newport. The Old Barn pub and restaurant is one more stop on the bus or ten minutes’ walk along the B4245 in the village of Llanmartin, which is also covered by the PlusBus pass.
    • If you’re not up for the full 9-mile hike, get hourly bus 73 instead to the stop called Caerlicyn/Caerlicken Lane and climb this winding country road. It’s about a mile to the top, where you’ll find a choice of paths and tracks through woods and fields. Wild daffodils flower in March across this area and there are vistas across green farmland to the wide water beyond.
    • For more car-free adventures in this area, see our guide to South Wales.