19. A stroll along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
This is one of the most scenic and spectacular canals in the UK. The towpath winds its way for over 50km between Brecon and Cwmbran and has good views over farmland, woodland and mountains. The canal is also home to a wide range of flora and fauna.
Access onto the canal bank changes from place to place, as does the path surface. Headroom and the path width are often restricted at bridges. A number of well described, accessible canal-side walks are listed at the www.waterscape.com website. A fantastic short route (500metres) starts at Theatr Brycheiniog and passes interpretation boards, community art projects and a picnic area with a reconstruction of a horse-drawn Hay Railway tram on a short length track. Fishing is allowed along stretches of the canal. For details of fishing permits please contact British Waterways.
How to get there: The canal runs parallel to the A40 between Brecon and Abergavenny and the A449 between Abergavenny and Pontypool.
Nearest town or village: See parking information below.
OS Grid Reference: Explorer Maps OL12 or Landranger Maps 160 - Brecon SO 046 283.
Distance: From a few metres up to 50km one way!
Contact: British Waterways on- 01873 830328.
Facilities: There are numerous villages close to or alongside the canal.
Parking: Small car parks are situated by the canal side at several locations, allowing level or easy access onto the towpath. Good access points can be found at Brecon, Talybont-on-Usk, Llangynidr to Llangattock, Gilwern and Govilon. Some of the access points onto the towpath, although barrier-free, have some short, steep inclines.