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, boat hire, informative heritage centre and on site cafe.
The final section runs from Pontypool to Newport via Cwmbran. This section is open to cyclists. On the way you'll pass the noteworthy Fourteen Locks. The impressive flight of locks date from the 18th century and includes an excellent visitor centre with a wealth of information about the area. The route finishes shortly after 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


The pretty village of Talybont On Usk is a nice place to stop for refreshments on the walk. The White Hart is an historic Coaching Inn which has welcomed travelersfor over 300years. Located near the canal it has an extensive menu and a nice outdoor seating area. The inn is dog friendly so you can bring your pooch. You can find the pub at postcode LD3 7JD for your sat navs.
The Usk Inn is another great option. The old pub was established in the 1840s at the time of the Brecon to Merthyr Railway. It has an enviable position on the edge of the village, opposite the former railway station and yard. There's a friendly welcome and a large garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub at postcode LD3 7JE.
In the Powys village of Llangynidr you could enjoy another pit stop at the Coach and Horses. This fine old coaching inn has an appealing interior with old beams, oak panelling and flagstone floors. Outside there's a peaceful garden overlooking the canal with stunning views over the local countryside. It's a great place to relax on a summer day after your exercise. You can find them on Cwm Crawnon Road with a postcode of NP8 1LS.
In Gilwern there's The Towpath Inn to consider. It's located in a fine spot, next to the canal so you can sit outside next to the water and watch the world go by. On Friday's they have Street Food pop ups wheretraders bring their exciting and varied menus with dishes from all over the world. You can also hire ebikes here to explore the area in comfort. The inn can be found at 49 Main Rd, NP7 0AU.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near Cwmbran you will pass Pontypool Park where there's some nice footpaths to follow around the mature trees and open meadowland in the park. The main park starts atPontymoile GatesnearNew InnandPontymoile Basin and has footpaths leading into theBrecon Beacons National Park. Other highlights include the Italian Gardens and the Nant-y-Gollen Ponds. It's makes for a nice little detour from the canal if you have time on your outing.
At Gilwern near Crickhowell the canal joins with the Clydach Gorge. This steep-sided valley is where the River Clydach flows to the River Usk. There's lovely river and woodland trails here with pretty waterfalls and lots of wildlife to see. Just head south west from the canal at Gilwern and you can explore the gorge.
At the start of the route in Brecon you can enjoy a climb to the ancient Iron Age Hillfort and viewpoint at Pen y Crug, just to the north of the town. There's some excellent views over the River Usk Valley, the canal and the Brecon Beacons mountains from here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Brecon Beacons Walks pages.


Bogwoppit at Govilon - - 1692130

Narrowboat 'Bogwoppit' at Govilon.

Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal at Cwmcrawnon - - 1372752

Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal at Cwmcrawnon

Brynich Bridge - - 939016

Brynich Bridge

Aqueduct at Govilon - - 1318563

Aqueduct at Govilon. This aqueduct at Govilon carries the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal over this narrow country road.

Canal path, Bettws Lane, Newport - - 1571681

Canal path, Bettws Lane, Newport

Cefn Bridge and Fourteen Locks Pool

Cefn Bridge and Fourteen Locks Pool

Coach and Horses Tavern, Cwmcrawnon - - 1374497

Coach and Horses Tavern, Cwmcrawnon

Cwmcrawnon Locks - - 1374519

Cwmcrawnon Locks


GPS Files

GPX File

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)