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Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu

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Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu / The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu / Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal winds placidly from Aberhonddu - Brecon to Pony y Moel - Pontymoile. Most of the canal is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, and a section is within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, so whether you want to enjoy enjoy spectacular scenery, explore our industrial heritage, or just enjoy paddling peacefully on placid water, Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu / Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is for you!

The canal offers 50 km of canoe touring, mostly without locks, and is ideal both for those looking for a gentle introduction to canoeing or kayaking, as well as those looking for an extended tour or different way to explore the rich heritage of the area.

Backwaters hire canoes and kayaks for half-day, full-day or extended tours on the Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu - Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, starting at Aberhonddu / Brecon, Tal y Bont or Gilwern Wharf.. Extended tours may also start at Pont y Moel - Pontymoile, near Pont y Pwl - Pontypool, to finish at one of the above points.

Open Canoe Camping. If you want to undertake an extended canoe camping tour, we can supply your canoe with tent, stove/fuel, sleeping bag and mat, and waterproof containers to pack it all in.

The route planner below may help you plan your itinerary. All distances are given by canal from Aberhonddu / Brecon. It is recommended that you check with the camp site owners/B&B operators before setting off on your trip. Unless you are an experienced canoeist, we recommend that you do not attempt more than 10 miles per day.

 

Canoe and Kayak touring is a peaceful and environmentally sustainable way to enjoy a day on the water with a waterside picnic, watch wildlife or spend a holiday exploring an area 'off the beaten track' moving between campsites or B&B's. And it's FUN!

Backwaters hire open canoes, open cockpit kayaks and, for the more experienced, closed-cockpit kayaks on a number of waterways in South Wales and the Borderland. Backwaters welcomes canoeists who want responsibly to enjoy the waterways and countryside, respecting other users and wildlife.

 

Use of Welsh and English place names: Where a the English name of a place differs from the original, Welsh name, the Welsh name is given first, in italics. Please see our 'Welsh Language Policy' for more information.

 

 Canoe and Kayak touring is a peaceful and environmentally sustainable way to enjoy a day on the water with a waterside picnic, watch wildlife or spend a holiday exploring an area 'off the beaten track' moving between campsites or B&B's. And it's FUN!

Backwaters hire open canoes, open cockpit kayaks and, for the more experienced, closed-cockpit kayaks on a number of waterways in South Wales and the Borderland. Backwaters welcomes canoeists who want responsibly to enjoy the waterways and countryside, respecting other users and wildlife.

If you are not sure about your ability for unaccompanied canoe hire see our Guidance for Canoe Hire page. We offer Guided Tours and a 'River Awareness' Day. We can also arrange skills training courses at various levels from beginner to open and white-water.

 

Backwaters

is associated with

Mountain & Water: Wales-wide Adventure Ltd.

For guided tours, activity holidays and courses.

 

Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu - Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Route Planner

Terminus: Aberhonddu / Brecon

Aberhonddu / Brecon Historic Town. Pubs, restaurants, Cafes, Hotels, B&B's, Youth Hostel, Bunkhouse, Museums, Theatre, TIC.

Buses to Hereford and Abergavenny (links to British Rail).

Theatr Brycheiniog at the Brecon Canal Terminus

Theatr Brycheiniog

Car Park (Pay and Display), Cafe, Toilets.

Pick-up / Drop-off point. Launching/landing point

Cottages at the Brecon Canal Terminus

Distance from Brecon (approx), bridge number and Location
Met Office 5-day forecast for Brecon
 Facilities and local points of interest
Bridge 166

Gasworks Bridge

Approach to Brecon

Brynich

Lock (portage) and Aqueduct.

Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu - Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal crossing River Usk via the Aqueduct at Brynich.

Pen y Fan from the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, near Brecon

Bridge 164

Views of the Brecon Beacons.
4.5 miles

Bridge 154 Pencelli Bridge -

Bridge 153 - Cross Keys Bridge  

Pencelli Wharf

Pick-up / Drop-off point. Launching/landing point

Canoes leaving Pencelli Wharf, close to the Royal Oak Public House

Limited car parking and public slipway.

Pub 'The Royal Oak' 01874 665396

4.75 miles  

Bridge 152  Castle Bridge

 

Backwaters offers a 'static' canoeing/ kayaking holiday based on self-catering camping at this site with pre-erected tent; sleeping bag with mat; stove with fuel, pots/pans and crockery, and your choice of canoes and/or kayaks available while you are here. Contact us for prices and details.

 

Castell Pencelli / Pencelli Castle Camping & Caravan Park with canal access for site users.

Tel. 01874 665451

7 miles

Bridge 144 - Talybont Drawbridge

Talybont.

 

 

Pick-up / Drop-off point. Launching/landing point

Lift Bridge at Talybont on Usk

 

Small car park a short portage from canal.

Talybont Stores/Cafe/P.O.

W.C. in village

Star Inn: 0174 676635 Pub/Food/B&B with canal access

Travellers Rest Inn 01874 676233. Canal access.

The Hawthorns B&B 01874 676337

B&B 07748 051125

Camp site a short portage across the road.

Look out for the waymarked circular 'Vaughan Walk' which follows the canal through Talybont (blue and white signs with a flying swan).

Ashford Tunnel

 

Canoes, kayaks and other small unpowered craft travelling through the Ashford Tunnel MUST comply with the following:

Tunnel Safety Guidance

* Check that the tunnel is clear of other craft before entering;

* Have a forward facing bright white light e.g. Head Torch;

* Wear a personal flotation device with an attached whistle;

* Be water confident.

There is a portage route over the top of the tunnel.

11 miles.

Bridge 135 Top Lock Bridge -

Bridge 132 Lower Lock Bridge

Llangynidr Lock Flight

Pick-up / Drop-off point. Launching/landing point at Lower Lock

Flight of locks (portage needed). Limited parking by bottom lock.

Pub 'Coach & Horses' 01874 730245. B&B.

12 miles

Bridge 131 - Yard Bridge

Llangynidr Village

Village Shop a short walk away from towpath.

River Usk Historic Bridge nearby.

Bridge 118 - Workhouse Bridge

Access to the road on foot, but no parking.

Ty Croeso B&B 01873 810573

Many of the buildings in the locality, including the Ty Croeso B&B, formed part of the workhouse.

Footpath to the 18th Century bridge over the Usk.

Bridge 117

Footpath to the Old Rectory Hotel 01873 810373

Bridge 116 - Ffawyddog Bridge

15 miles.

Bridge 115 - Upper Yard Bridge 

Llangatwg / Llangattock Wharf.

Bridge 114 - Lower Yard Bridge 

19th Century Ironworks and interpretation board.

Crickhowell town centre 10-15 minutes walk: TIC, shops (including outdoor equipment shop), pubs, cafes, gallery, banks and cash point, garage, castle,.

Bridge 112 - Park Bridge

Park Farm, Llangatwg / Llangattock.

Park Farm Campsite, Llangatwg / Llangattock, nestling at the foot of the mountains.

Farm Camp-site with canal access.

(book first for camping) Tel 01873 812183.

Farm eggs, ice-cream for sale.  

Bridge 105 - Sand Bridge

 

Approach to Gilwern Wharf.

Picturesque views of the Brecon Beacons.

18 miles

Bridge 104 - Auckland Bridge

Gilwern Wharf.

Pick-up / Drop-off point. 

Car Park/Picnic site. Short walk to Garage/Shop. This car park and the adjacent section is extensively used by anglers, with regular fishing competitions being held throughout the year. Dates available from BWB..

 

Look out for traces of the wharf's heyday as a hub of nineteenth-Century transport and industry.

 

18.25 miles.

Bridge 103 - Gilwern Bridge

Gilwern Village

Road House B&B 01873 830240

 

Shops, pubs, Fish and Chips, PO, toilets.

Bridge 101 - 102

 

Land here and cross under the canal for footpath and steps to the Lion Hotel 01873 831169

 

 

Look out for remains of the old tramroad at the point where the canal crosses Afon (River) Clydach.

Bridge 100 - Humphrey's Bridge

The lowest bridge on the canal.

20 miles

Bridge 98

Govilon Station Road Bridge -

Bridge 97

Govilon Yard Bridge

Gofilon / Govilon Wharf.

Look out for the Gofilon/Govilon heritage trails (Bridge 100-Bridge 97):

Village Centre Trail ('Red Trail') - follows the canal for a short distance, just after the aqueduct to the new bridge.

Tramroad and Canal Trail ('Purple Trail') - follows the canal from the road bridge to the old railway line bridge.

Forge and Railway Trail ('Green Trail') - passes under the canal at the aquduct.

Shop in village. Access from road, car parking limited in village. BWB offices at Wharf. Private moorings.

Bridge 95 to Bridge 96
This section of the canal forms part of the

Blaenavon World Heritage Site.

27 miles

Bridges 75 Jenkin Rosser's Bridge

Goytre Wharf

Bridge 74 Saron Bridge

WC. Information Centre. Cafe.

 

Bridge 72

Goytre Arms 01873 880376
30 miles

Bridge 62 - High Bridge

Star Inn 01495 785319
33 miles

Bridge 52

Pont y Moel / Pontymoile.

Pick-up / Drop-off point. Launching/landing point

Junction House at Pont y Moel / Pontymoile

 

Pont y Moel - Pontymoile is at the junction of the two original canals.

End of navigable section*.

Car Park, Toilets. Café (seasonal). Shop at nearby garage. Pont y Pwl / Pontypool Town Centre about 15 minutes walk through park. Pont y Pwl / Pontypool and New Inn Station within 1 mile.

*Although Pont y Moel / Pontymoile marks the limit of the navigable section of Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu / The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal; the Fynwy / Monmouth, Aberhonddu / Brecon and Y Fenni / Abergavenny Canals which together form the system, can be explored further on foot. Restoration work on the canal system is being carried out by the Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust, and there is a Canal Centre and Museum at Fourteen Locks on the outskirts of Casnewydd / Newport, near Cwmbran.

Key to Table:

Pick-up / Drop-off point. - this is a point at which you may start or finish your journey. We will collect or deliver to these points.

Launching/landing point - canoes may be launched or landed here. Unless stated, these are not pick-up/drop-off points.

Landing point - canoes may be landed here for access to facilities etc

Camping - camp-site beside or within reach of the canal (unless otherwise stated).

Inn/Pub etc. Where these are listed, it is normally possible to land to visit the Inn.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANOEISTS
  • The information has been collected to aid our clients in planning a tour on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. Information has been drawn from the operators and from other published sources. We cannot accept responsibility for eany errors and omissions, and recommend that you check details in advance. Note that many of the campsites are very basic, and some need advance booking. Please note that canoes and kayaks are not allowed in locks on this canal, and if your itinerary includes locks, you will need to portage round them. There are special requirements for negotiating the Ashford Tunnel by canoe or kayak. Be aware that larger motorised craft operate on the canal. There is a public footpath along the length of the canal, but parts of the canal are remote from roads and hire is completely unsupervised. You are responsible for your own safety on the canal.
  • The Monmouthshire & Brecon canal is a BWB managed navigation. Canoeists should be aware of the Waterways Code.

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Last updated 30 March 2016