The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal – often referred to as The ‘Mon & Brec Canal’ is considered by many to be the most scenic waterway of all and lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park. In its thirty-three mile meander through seven villages to Brecon the ‘Mon & Brec’ canal rises only sixty feet through six locks, remarkable considering the mountainous terrain. On your Road House holiday hire narrow boat you can follow the valley of the River Usk, the canal is often perched far up the hillside with spectacular views of the river far below. Nearly its entire route lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area noted for its spectacular scenery, excellent for walking or general exploration.
Above Gilwern the canal passes through a village every four miles (useful for supplies or pubs). Its route is high on the hillside above the river, winding through wooded hillsides until five locks in a tranquil sylvan setting lift it fifty feet higher up the valley. Some spectacular views, Ashford tunnel and lifting bridges follow until the Brecon Beacons can be seen to the west rising to three thousand feet, with the Black Mountains to the East. At Brynach the canal crosses the Usk on a substantial four-arched aqueduct before rising through one last lock to the level that leads into the old market town of Brecon where a large basin provides excellent moorings.
Below Gilwern the canal maintains a level high on the side of the hills, at times making horseshoe bends and passing on aqueducts over rushing mountain streams. For a time the River Usk is closer to the canal, its course through Abergavenny visible far below. The villages are away from the canal, and the general impression on your holiday hire narrow boat is one of remote peacefulness.Read more about the Mon & Brec Canal.
Visit our contact page to find out where we are located on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. You can also follow the yellow line on the map to see where the canal boats can take you!