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. We will be putting cycle racks within the site, but currently cycles can be attached to onsite interpretation structures, or the gate from the cycle track.
By bus – Newport Bus Station + 15 min walk. (Bus Timetables)
By Car – There is a small gravel car park for site visitors to use. There is currently a small charge for parking that goes towards the upkeep of the site. Postcode for satnav PO30 5WT
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The site is mostly grass and slopes gently to the river. There are no formally constructed paths. The riverside can be muddy. The cycle track provides a surfaced, largely flat link to our nearby Dodnor Creek and Dicksons Copse site. Internally the site is free of gates and stiles and there are ample picnic benches, some adapted for use by wheelchair users. The entrance from the cycle track is gated, but the car park entrance is open.
There are no toilets anywhere near this site. The nearest toilets are in the town of Newport.
We will be updating our Site Access Statements during 2022. Please watch this space.
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. The meadow is cut on a rotational basis.
There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely on volunteers to help with many tasks on our sites 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. Our shop raises money to support our work and needs a team of volunteers. Or maybe you would like to help us with events. 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.