Walking in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Talybont on Usk

This is a gentle stroll through the scenic and historic landscape that inspired the famous poet and doctor, HenryVaughan (1621-95) and his twin brother Thomas (1621-66), who was a priest and scientist. They were born at Newton Farm nearby. Stretches of the walk follow the Monmouth and Brecon canal and the BrinoreTramroad, both completed in the early 1800s. It is an easy access trail with benches, way-marking and swing posts that reveal excerpts from theVaughan brothers’ poetry

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Information 
Where is it? Start and finish at the cafe/Post Office LD3 7YJ. Talybont-on-Usk is signposted from the A40 between Brecon and Crickhowell. Explorer Map OL13 or Landranger Map 161 – SO 113 227.
Distance 3.5km (2 miles)
Time Allow 1-2 hours. Terrain Mixture of road, foot paths, cobbled tram road and canal tow path. Part of the walk gets boggy in wet weather. Generally level, but with gates and stiles in places. The canal towpath is accessible by scooter or wheelchair.
Grade Moderate. Trails can become slippery due to adverse weather conditions. Please take extra care when walking. Suitable footwear, sturdy shoes or boots with a good grip, are best worn at all times. WWW.BEACONS-NPA.GOV.UK/COMMUNITIES Walking Itineraries 2 Talybont-on-Usk I
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1. Cross the road from the café/Post Office and walk over the canal swing bridge. Follow the road as it bears left then right, past the old school house.Continue walking until you cross a bridge.Climb the stone stile next to it on your left. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
2. Walk through the field, towards the river following the way markers.This field often has horses in it -they are part of the Cui Stud of Welsh Mountain ponies. Go through the kissing gate and through another field, keeping in close, but safe distance from the river on the left (River Caerfanell).Continue through another kissing gate, and look for a tall post. Pull the handle and read the poetry.You are now on the Henry VaughanWalk. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••3. Walk through the field and cross the bridge. Go through the gate immediately on your right, following the path, with the river now on your right. Look out for anotherVaughan post. After a short distance the path then divides.Take the path to the left which slopes gently upwards.
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5. Turn left and follow the BrinoreTramroad down towards Talybont.The total tramroad runs for 8 miles (13 km) from Talybont-on-Usk toTrefil near Merthyr Tydfil. It was used between 1815-1865 to carry coal from the RhymneyValley and limestone fromTrefil to the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal at Talybont.
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6. Look out for a notice board on your left and the Henry Vaughan garden.This garden is sown with herbs and other plants Henry would have used in his scientific and medical experiments. It is a good spot to stop for a picnic.
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7. At the end of the tramroad turn left over the old railway bridge and follow the road down to the White Hart Inn and the canal.Turn left and walk along the canal tow path until you arrive back at the swing bridge and the café.

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To shorten. Walk in reverse from the White Hart pub along the Brinore tramroad to the HenryVaughan garden and return.Turn right at theWhite Hart on return and follow the canal to the remains of the lime kilns, the tram and Brinore Tramroad information board.Walk back along the canal. (1m/2km).
To lengthen At 3. Instead of taking the path to the left continue on with the river on your right.Cross a stile and head uphill across a field to a gate.Turn right here.You are on the old Brecon to Merthyr railway track. After 100m you reach a path junction. *Turn sharp left and head uphill for approximately 200m.This takes you to the BrinoreTramroad. Turn left to join the original walk after about 0.5 mile /1km. * Continue straight on to reachTalybont Reservoir (another 0.5 mile/1 km) Retrace steps back to *
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Geocaching, BMC 1 – white corner GC2EC5V, journey sticks, colour palettes, bird watching, photography.
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Information
Parking Roadside parking is available through the village-please park responsibly. Alternatives include the village hall car park (Henderson Hall).There is no charge but there is a donation box available.
Refreshments and toilets There is a shop/post office with a café (Open Mon-Sun 9-4 Ring: 01874 676663 to check) and several pubs in the village.There are toilets at the village hall (20p charge) and also for customers at the cafe.The closest disabled access toilets are at the Llansantffraed lay-by on the A40.
Public Transport www.traveline.cymru By train – nearest mainline station is Abergavenny (15 miles away) By bus- X 43 Abergavenny to Brecon viaTalybont.
Nearest Towns Brecon. All facilities.
Dogs Suitable for dogs. Should be on a lead near livestock.
Websites
www.breconbeacons.org
www.Geocaching.com
www.talybontonusk.com
www.brinore-tramroad.powys.org.uk www.breconbeacons.org/explore/things_to_do/walking/where_to_walk/short_walks/talybont_valley
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Sample Itinerary
10.30 Arrive. Tea/coffee at the café
11.00-12.30 Follow the route to the HenryVaughan Garden
12.30-1.00 Picnic lunch (or lunch at local café or pubs)
11.00 Finish walk.Visit the Talybont lime kilns (see shorter walk overleaf) or visit Henry Vaughan’s grave at Llansantffraed Church at the A40 junction http://www.breconbeacons.org/ church-st-ffraed-llansantffraed

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Take a look at a previous walk around Craig Y Nos Country Park here

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