Here’s another ace reason to visit the Brecon Beacons National Park.
It’s a great year for celebrations, along with the Jubilee and Olympics taking place this summer, we’ve also got something to celebrate. This year sees the great Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal turn 200.
The Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal, is a canal that is recognised for it’s great engineering, due to it being built over numerous rivers, through valleys and across the Brecon Beacons National Park. Below are a few events that are taking place to celebrate the anniversary.
The 200th anniversary celebrations will go on throughout 2012 and to commemorate its bicentennial year, there are a wide range of activities and events planned on and along the canal.
The Brecon and Monmouthsire Canal was originally built to take supplies to the farmers of mid Wales. Seeing it as a competitor the Great Western Railway bought the whole canal in 1880 and shut it down. The canal was then neglected until 1970s when it was renovated and re opened to the public, where it serves as a popular tourist attraction today.
The year’s celebrations will be launched on Friday the 10th of February 2012 with the Ringing of the Bells, recreating the canal opening 200 years ago. Over 70 Church’s along the canal will be ringing their bells at 12 noon to mark this historic occasion. With church bells ringing all the way along the canal Abergavenny Cycle Group are hoping to ‘follow the bells’ along the canal with their own bicycle bells that day – starting from Llanfoist railway line car park – watch this space for more information.
200th Anniversary Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal Events.
1st to 27th February -Exhibition: ‘Liquid Transport’ by a group of 13 artists depicting life on the canal. Theatr Brycheiniog, www.theatrbrycheiniog.co.uk
10th February – Event: Ringing of the Bells: At midday Church bells along the canal will be rung, from Pontymoile Basin to Brecon, to launch the canal anniversary. Visitors are encouraged to walk or cycle along the canal banks to join in the celebration.
Illustrated Talk:The Story of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal (A Brecon Beacons Park Society event) at The Bear, Crickhowell An illustrated talk by Chris Barber to celebrate the bi-centenary of the completion of this remarkable waterway which was completed exactly 200 years ago this week. www.breconbeaconsparksociety.org
12th February – Guided Walk: Celebrating the Bicentenary of the Mon’ & Brecon Canal Starting from Gilwern Wharf car park GR SO 243146. (A Brecon Beacons Park Society walk). A varied route taking in two associated tramroads, three canal wharves and a stretch of the canal to reach Llanfoist, returning via the canal path. Level: Moderate, 18km (11 miles) Leader: Chris Barber www.breconbeaconsparksociety.org
29th February – Talk: 200 years of the Monmouthshire & Brecon & Canal Event 14 of the Crickhowell Walking Festival at the Old Rectory Hotel, Llangattock. Peter Jones will give one of his lively and fascinating illustrated talks on the history of the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal which was built 200 years ago. www.crickhowellfestival.com
1st March – Walk: Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal at 200 Walk 54 of the Crickhowell Walking Festival The walk will follow the route of the railway that killed the canal, looking at the wharfs at Govilon and Llanfoist. Leader: Peter Jones. 4 miles. Cost: £5 (booking essential) www.crickhowellfestival.com
31st March – Event: ‘Beacons to the Sea’ – Beer Launch and Delivery Brecon Brewing is launching a pale golden ale to mark the Anniversary.The first deliveries of the beer will be made by horse drawn dray and narrowboat. www.breconbrewing.co.uk