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Guide to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Canal lovers often agree that the Monmouthshire and Brecon is one of the most beautiful canals in Britain, with outstanding scenery and the ideal route for a relaxing holiday at a sedate pace.

Distance, time and locks

Although only 35 miles long, this canal has the challenge of six locks, five lift bridges, a tunnel and several aqueducts.

A relaxed week's cruising from either of the boat bases will cover the whole navigable length of canal.

Cruising the canal

For most of its length the canal is in the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of such outstanding scenery that it is often tricky to keep your eyes on the 'road'.

Autumn leaves rest on the canal

From the canal basin in Brecon, the canal follows the river Usk along its valley through a true contour-following route, through just six locks (five of them in the award-winning flight at Llangynidr) to the end of navigation at Pontymoile. This makes for the most relaxed cruising imaginable.

Possible Holidays on the Mon and Brec Canal

Monmouthshire Canal

Click on a boat base below for more information and possible routes from that base.

Canal Holidays near Brecon from Base 58

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