Medina Riverside Park

A pretty nature reserve and picnic site adjacent to the western bank of the Medina, at the southern end of the Newport-Cowes cycle track.

How to get there

On foot/By bike – The site is on The Red Squirrel Trail (NCN 23) and marks the start of the section of the route following the old railway line to Cowes.

By bus – Newport Bus Station + 15 min walk. (Bus Timetables)

By Car – There is a small gravel car park for site visitors to use. Parking is currently free of charge. Postcode for satnav PO30 5WT

Access

The site is mostly grass and slopes gently to the river. The cycle track provides a surfaced, largely flat link to our nearby Dodnor Creek and Dicksons Copse site.

What to look out for

The Medina Estuary is such an important area for nature conservation that it is protected by six different designations under national and international law. It is particularly recognised for its importance for birds, with its large areas of mudflats providing vital feeding grounds for a variety of species. Medina Riverside Park offers excellent views of the estuary. The meadow area is rich in wildflowers and in summer you can spot an assortment of butterflies and other nectaring insects.

Managing the site

The site is managed as a meadow with some woodland at the northern end, next to the Newport Rowing Club.

Get involved

There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely on conservation volunteers to help with many tasks and also need people who are happy to regular visit the site be our “eyes and ears”, this means we can respond much quicker to issues. Find out more here.

You can also help by becoming one of our regular supporters. Even giving a few pounds each month can make a real difference, with your donation being invested into site management and improvement work to benefit site visitors and look after our precious wildlife. Sign up here.