Wentwood is the largest site of ancient woodland in Wales. Once a hunting preserve of Chepstow Castle, it is now a conifer plantation. The Woodland Trust acquired most of the site in 2006 and is in the process of thinning conifers to restore the ancient woodland and improve habitats for wildlife.
Wentwood is part of a former ancient woodland that stretched from the River Wye to the River Usk. As well as the introduction of conifers for commercial purposes, much of the forest was cleared to provide timber for trenches during the First World War.
The forest is spread out over 400 hectares (1,000 acres), although The Woodland Trust owns 352 hectares (869 acres). It is home to 75 species of bird, including turtle dove, nightjar and spotted flycatcher, and is a habitat for dormice, otters, lizards and bats.
Wentwood lies roughly 5 miles north of the village of Llanvair Discoed, on the road to Usk, between Newport and Chepstow.
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The main entrances are located from the two car parks.
There is a good network of woodland rides, way-marked trails, paths and bridleways, including the Wentwood Forest Downhill mountain-bike trail.
Short walks take about 45 minutes, while longer walks can take up to 1.5 hours. The longest, circular route is around 4 miles in total, and passes through several picnic sites.
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From Newport take the A48 towards Llanvair Discoed, then head out of the village along the Usk Road. There are two car parks: the Cadeira Beeches car park is situated on your left after approximately three miles, and the Foresters Oak car park is located west of Foresters Oak.
The nearest train stations are Newport (15 miles) and Caldicot (4.4 miles).
There is a bus stop on Greenmeadow Drive, Parc Seymour, less than a mile from the Wentwood Gate entrance.