GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

37 miles (60 km)

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 Crickhowell 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 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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The canal at Brecon near the start

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Bridge near Pencelli

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Approaching Talybont-on-Usk

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Llangynidr small Boat Wharf

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Near Abergavenny

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Pontymoile Basin

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Near Cwmbran

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GPS Files

GPX File

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.mmo (right click - 'Save As')