Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Description
Follow the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Brecon to Newport on this super waterside walking and cycling route. Walkers can enjoy the whole route along canal towpaths while cyclists can follow National Cycle Network routes 4, 47 and 49 from Newport to Pontypool. The cycle path is wide and well surfaced so it's a lovely, safe ride. The cycle section runs for about 12 miles.
The whole route runs from Brecon to Newport passing through the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The first section runs from Brecon to Talybont-on-Usk via Pencelli. It's a 6.5 mile walk with views of the River Usk and the pretty Brynich Lock.
The canal continues to the delightful Llangynidr locks and then on to Cricklehowell and Abergavenny. There's an opportunity here to visit Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens with a small detour from the canal.
The next section runs from Abergavenny to Pontypool, passing the noteworthy Goytre Wharf, with its historic limekilns.
The final section runs from Pontypool to Newport via Cwmbran. This section is open to cyclists. The route finishes in Newport near the castle.

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Aerial Photo View Map

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Distance37 miles (60 km)
Difficulty*
Joining RoutesTaff Trail, Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens
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GPX File

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Route Photos
The canal at Brecon near the start
Bridge near Pencelli
Approaching Talybont-on-Usk
Llangynidr small Boat Wharf
Near Abergavenny
Pontymoile Basin
Near Cwmbran
Newport

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