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Gilwern to Brecon

Please note that these route pages are a work in progress. The figures below indicate route length; however, not all locks and bridges are included currently, so the time required may be underestimated.

Departure Point:  
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 37.72 miles, 12 locks, 2 movable bridges and 1 tunnels. Which will take 3 days, 1 hour and 12 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

Starting at the hire base in the village of Gilwern you’ll leave the characteristic lime kilns of Llangatock behind and cross your first Aqueduct. You’ll cruise through pleasant Glanusk Park and find yourself among the Welsh hills and a thickly wooded area. Just after leaving the woods, you’ll reach the first of 5 locks. The lock flight has probably one of the most picturesque and idyllic settings in the U.K., located in the middle of the woods among the Welsh hills. Now, flat pastureland follows and you’ll have a pleasant and relaxing cruise through the Brecon Beacons. The remains of a castle in Pencelli and prehistoric remains around the settlement of Llanfrynach are only 2 of the highlights on the way to Brecon. A walk along the old tramway line to Talybont Reservoir or a stroll under the canal through the tunnel in Llanfoist make a nice change from cruising along the Mon and Brec and give you a great opportunity to explore the area away from the towpath.

After crossing another impressive Aqueduct, you’ll encounter your 6th and final lock before reaching Brecon. On the last mile, you’ll cruise your holiday boat high up on the hillside before entering the outskirts of Brecon and shortly arriving at Theatre Basin, the turning point for this journey. You can moor up in the basin and explore Brecon for an evening or even a day before you retrace your steps back to the hire base in Gilwern.

Places of interest on the Gilwern to Brecon route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Pencelli Castle Caravan & Camping
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Beacon Park Day Boats
Brecon Canal Basin
Brecknock Museum
Y Gaer Museum Art Gallery & Library
Pencelli Castle
Brecon Beacons Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite
Brynich Caravan Club Site
The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh
South Wales Borderers Museum
Talybont Farm Campsite
Talybont on Usk Farm Camp Site
Park Farms Campsite
Brecon Marina
Herons Rest Marina
Glanusk Estate
Robert Hughes
Ashford Tunnel
Storehouse Bridge

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

The Clarence Inn
The Star Inn
Bridgend Inn
Talk of the Town Arcade
Canalside Cafe
White Hart Inn
Brecon Tap
Costa Coffee
The Bank Bar & Kitchen
Green Man Pub
Rich Way Cafe
Coffee 1
The Village Fishbar
Coach & Horses Inn
The Proper Pizza Co
Chang Thai Cuisine
The Corn Exchange
Travellers Rest
Costa Coffee
La Belle Pizza

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Further reading and learning about the Gilwern to Brecon route

Guides

Related Nicholson Guide:
Four Counties & the Welsh Canals - Nicholson Guide No 4

Hire Boats for the Gilwern to Brecon route.

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