West Usk Lighthouse
West Usk Lighthouse, 2013
|Year first constructed||1821|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern rising from a 2-storey keeper’s house|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern|
|Height||17 metres (56 ft)|
|Managing agent||West Usk Lighthouse|
The lighthouse was the first to be built by renowned Scottish civil engineer James Walker in 1821. Amongst other projects, Walker went on to build another 21 lighthouses. The land around the lighthouse has been reclaimed as farmland but it stood on an island until 1856. It was decommissioned as an operational lighthouse in 1922.
For hotel guests, a private road off the B4239 leads to the lighthouse. Alternatively, it may be reached by a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) walk along the sea wall footpath from the car park of the Lighthouse Inn on Beach Road.
The less substantial East Usk Lighthouse, on the opposite bank of the River Usk, is within the Newport Wetlands wildlife reserve.
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