Our canal boats are designed for ease of use. We will show you over the boat and explain how everything works, then after an induction to the Canal Code we will set off with you despite your experience. We will make sure you feel happy that you are in full control before we leave you as a duty of care. After that we are happy to come out at any time if you need more help, or if you would like an extra pair of hands at the locks, volunteers are available or if we have to attend any time (it might cost you a cup of tea!)
That depends entirely on you. It is possible to go from end to end of the canal (70 miles in all) and “see it all” in a week so long as you are prepared to cruise fully concentrated for about 8 hours each day. But for most people, a leisurely trip to Brecon and back, and perhaps a couple of days down to Llanfoist or Goytre later in the week will allow time to explore, have a meal out and some time to relax. If you prefer a really peaceful week on the Mon & Brec with no locks, the tranquil section below Gilwern down to Five Locks will allow you enough time later to cruise up to Llangattock or Llangynidr. At two miles per hour you will have time to see things you never noticed before!
Running all the way alongside the canal is a towpath. Although many people prefer to stop at the numerus designated visitor moorings within the villages, you are free to tie up wherever you wish on the towpath side, so long as it does not obstruct the waterway (for example under a bridge, or on a tight bend). In places where the water is particularly shallow you may have to “walk the plank” to get ashore.
Travelling towards Brecon from Gilwern, there is a village every four miles – about every two hours cruising time. The villages are situated actually on the canal, and all have at least one pub where you can buy a drink or order a meal. A list of all the facilities and contact details are published in the Boat Manual on board the boat.
We provide basic cleaning materials and toilet rolls, just bring your food provisions for at least a couple of days on board, however here at Gilwern there are two general stores, butcher, fish & chips, Post Office, chemist, and doctor. Abergavenny and Crickhowell, each a pleasant walk from the canal have a wide selection of shops. Llangynidr and Talybont have good village stores where you can buy bread and milk and additional basic provisions whilst at either end of the canal Brecon or Pontypool have a good variety of stores.
In addition to our published brochure, a "Your Boat Guide" and our "Guide Notes", we post a free Mon & Brec Canal Guide that you retain. In addition we send a CRT Boater’s Handbook with confirmation of your booking. We ask that you return or leave just the CRT Boaters Handbook on board for re-distribution.
If you plan to arrive at Abergavenny by railway, or bus, we can collect you from the station, which has good links to the main network via Newport. If you then require grocery provisions from local suppliers we can drive you to the nearest supermarkets prior to embarking our boats.
We have a parking area at the rear of our premises for cars and small vans, other arrangements can be confirmed for larger motor home vehicles etc.
Electric vehicles can be charged via a single phase supply at the owners own risk whilst unattended.
On our premises you will be able to purchase gifts, literature, local crafts and art, greeting cards, stamps, ice creams etc.