Cruising the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

The journey itself
Those who have enjoyed canal holidays before will know that as well as providing fascinating ever-changing scenery, the slow pace of cruising is in itself relaxing. The scenery of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal as it winds around the hills on its way to Brecon is varied and views are spectacular. These views are sometimes even more dramatic if from time to time you walk at the pace of the boat along the towpath.

Relax aboard our narrowboats
Relax in the comfort of the boat and read, listen to music (CD/radio/MP3 is fitted on the boat), paint and draw, play board games or simply enjoy the changing views as the countryside glides past your windows.

Walking
There is plenty of opportunity for walking, ranging from the easy level towpath (get on and off as you pass through bridges), footpaths and leafy lanes through to more serious walking amongst the Brecon Beacons for energetic or experienced walkers.

Explore
Explore the six villages on the canal and the market towns of Brecon, Crickhowell and Abergavenny – include a meal or a drink at one of the many hostelries. Try a walk along the old railway to Talybont Reservoir (and over the dam and back along the lane if you prefer a circular route). It is a short walk at Llangynidr down from Bridge 131 to the old packhorse bridge across the Usk, where there is also a walk along the river (a similar bridge can be found linking Llangattock to Crickhowell). Take a shady walk up the feeder stream which joins the canal just below the second lock at Llangynidr. At Llangattock, a walk up the Escarpment will reward you with some spectacular wide views. Walk under the canal through the tunnels at Gilwern, Govilon, Llanfoist or Pontymoile. Climb down to the Usk from below Brynich Lock to look up at the four arches of the massive aqueduct you crossed earlier. Visit the River Promenade on the other side of Brecon and discover the source of the canal’s water. Brecon also has a cinema, Cathedral, theatre and museums. On the way back from Brecon walk over the top of the tunnel and look down the shaft on your boat as it passes below (and listen to the conversations!)

For those who like shopping visit Brecon (bank and a good variety of craft and gift shops) and Crickhowell. (bank, shops and bakery). For fish & chips try Brecon, Gilwern or Goytre.

More physical activities
Mountain bike hire is available at Talybont and at Brecon. There is pony-trekking before Llangattock (ask us for details). Pontypool and Brecon have leisure centres with swimming pools and there is a Golf course at Llangattock.

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Read about the Canal's History

Our base at Gilwern, (SO245145) four miles west of Abergavenny, is situated approximately mid-way along the canal: we are 20 miles below Brecon and 15 miles above Pontymoile. You can thus choose between a cruise to Brecon, incorporating the locks, tunnel, liftbridges and the more spectacular scenery, or the more secretive, peacefully isolated winding waters southward towards Pontymoile. Gilwern itself is just off the A465, within easy reach of the A40 and motorways. If you plan to arrive here by railway, we can collect you from Abergavenny Railway or Bus Station, which has good links to the main network via Newport. (slow going) down to Five Locks Basin. Beyond is the now defunct section that drops through thirty (unusable) locks in some six miles to Newport.


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