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The Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal
The canal had fallen into disuse by the 1930s but has been gradually
restored by the British Waterways Board with support from the National
Park and others since 1968. the canal was reopened to
the public in 1970. The canal is now
used for informal recreation including
canoeing, fishing, walks along the towpath
(a section of the Taf
follows the canal bank for walkers only), and for canal boat holidays. the
full length of the canal towpath is a public footpath. During its passage through the National Park it features six locks and several public
houses are to be found adjacent to the canal enroute. there is a short tunnel through which the canal passes
near Talybont on Usk and visitor may find it entertaining when in the
vicinity of the tunnel to watch novice canal users negotiate their way
through. Stone bridges crossing the canal and a common and attractive
feature. There have also be few aqueducts one of the finest of which
is located 8200 m down stream from the canal lock adjacent to the minor
road B4558 at Cefn Brynich (SO 079274). There is an excellent view of this
aqueduct from the road bridge at this point on the aforementioned minor
road. The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal is a favourite location
for the Kingfisher to breed.
Anyone wanting to use their own boat or canoe should obtain a British Waterways licence from the British Waterway's board canal office at Govilon Tel 01873-830328. Canoe's and canal boats can also be hired from various companies based at different points along the canal including:
Visits to Goytre Wharf include the lime kilns, the tram road exhibition in the heritage centre, and see and feed the extraordinary numbers of fish in the Marina. A day out for all to enjoy. It is located halfway between Pontypool and Abergavenny near the village of Llanover on the A 4042 trunk road. Look for the signs to Goytre Wharf and continue along a minor road for two miles until you see the entrance.
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