A very easy walk on the flat. Expect muddy fields approaching the estuary at wet times of the year. A shorter 40 minute walk leading down to Shalfleet Quay and back.
High spots: wonderful estuary views both from Shalfleet Quay and around the mud flats of Newtown Estuary itself.
Park in the car park next to the pub and walk down the lane signed Shalfleet Quay. It is an easy, peaceful stroll down to the quaint old boat yard and back, affording fantastic views of the estuary (mud flats at low tide, river estuary at high tide) and its bird life all the way.
Back at the Shalfleet Quay sign, turn left past Shalfleet Mill, over a little footbridge and follow the woodland path for approximately ¼ mile until it joins up with a side road leading to Newtown, a further half a mile.
Turn left to Newtown over the humpback bridge by the estuary and past the village's medieval Town Hall. Continue past the church on the right and down to the National Trust car park.
From here cross the meadow and transverse the plank walkway across the causeway to the picturesque quay with its rustic boathouse. Walk a rectangle around the mud flats back to the meadow with tremendous views of rare birds and plants on the way.
Retrace your steps to the car park and take the footpath opposite across fields and along the shoreline of the causeway lake. This leads back to the little humpback bridge at the entrance of Newtown from where you can use the road and woodland route back to the sign for Shalfleet Quay.