Newent Lake and Park
Newent, once on the drovers road from Wales, offers all visitors a lovely lake, created from the fish ponds of the monks who arrived with William the Conqueror. Here, in the heart of the town, is a leisure spot with a park, for picnics and fun, a haven for wildlife, with a fountain, walks, and play areas for children.
Newent Heritage Museum
Newent market house, dated 1668, is a symbol for the town – as well as its town hall. On show is an exhibition telling Newent’s own history from Prehistoric and Roman days, taking in iron and coal mining and modern agriculture.
At 971 ft, May Hill is the highest point for many miles around. The fir trees at the summit were planted to mark Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. Poets, Masefield included, have been inspired by it. The far reaching views of the River Severn snaking to the sea – and the Welsh mountains to the west – are magnificent. The Prehistoric site is located two miles south of Newent, by the picturesque village of Clifford’s Mesne.