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Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal


The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal (Camlas Sir Fynwy a Brycheiniog)

Researched and prepared by Simon Worsfold -with help and photos kindly provided by local businesses.

Abergavenny Sugar Loaf Mountain. Photo supplied by Beacon Park Boats Talybont-on-Usk -Photo by Tony Coulthard  


The journey begins at the historic market town of Brecon, based near the Brecon Beacon's National Park. The town has its own small cathedral as well as a long established market and places to eat and drink. Leaving Brecon you will pass through Brynich lock and over the lovely aqua-duct on your journey to Talybont on Usk, situated on the renowned river Usk.

Another place to visit close to the reservoir and a great place to fish for the salmon not found in a tin.  



Safe paddling for all ages - photo supplied by Roberts Farm Moorings Photo by Tony Coultard supplied by Castle Narrowboats

Pushing on along the canal you will run parallel with to what was the Brinore tramway that played a significant role in the early industrial revolution years. On the other side of the canal, this being the land of the poets, is a trail based on that taken by 18th century poet Henry Vaughan. Boating activities such as canoeing are popular here.

Photo Talybont - supplied by Beacon Park Boats Photo Llangyndir- kindly supplied by Castle Narrowboats

Leaving Talybont the canal takes the route under the Ashford canal and boaters will need to navigate the way through 5 locks before entering the small village of Llangynidr. If you needed a reason to stop for refreshments then you will find options for a picnic and a visit to the pub (hopefully still The Coach and Horses).

Photo Crickhowel - supplied by Castle Narrowboats  Photo Llangattock Wharf by Jan Jarvis, Beacon Park Boats

Leaving the village you going to pass several landmarks most notably the Lime Kilns. Then the canal will lead on to the villages of Llangattock and Crickhowell where you will enjoy passing under the picturesque bridge. On one side of the river is the town of Crickhowell (pictured above left) with more about the town here

On the opposite side is Llangatock with plenty of interest for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.Its another nice place to see and worth a visit with boats for hire at the wharf.

Moving on from there you reach the settlements of Govila and Gilvern. Important in the early years of the industrial Revolution, Gilvern was a place from where iron, coal and limestone were transported. There is an aqueduct at Gilven crossing the river Clydach. Either side of the canal has a pub called The Navigation Inn and the Bridgend Inn.

Photo kindly supplied by Huw Davies - Roberts Farm Moorings

You  pass the village of Llanfoist and it's wharf where you can hire boats. Next up is Llanover and then Goytre -complete with a wharf and a visitor centre plus picnic area showing the commitment to family visitors wherever possible. Passing through the settlements of Penperlleni and Mamhiland (which have pubs along the canal)  you will reach Pontymoile with a fine park, before finally reaching  Pontypool, another major town forged from the Industrial revolution.

With other parts of the canal still being redeveloped from Pontymoile to Newport and with its new marina this is a great time to visit this lovely canal. It has its challenges too apart from nearby walking and caving -notably the recently restored Cefn Flight (14 locks that raise the water level some 160ft)  

- and the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre.  

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