Here is a round-up of great stopping points that are part of the leisurely journey along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. Included are some local favourites of pubs, cafes and scenic sites.
Llangynidr’s 5 Locks!
Llangynidr’s five locks suddenly come along all at once. Not only is it an interesting stopping point, it’s also a beautiful spot, right in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and there’s a pub called the Coach & Horses, by the bottom lock. Nearby attractions include Talybont Reservoir, famous for its water-based sport activities, and the very interesting Tretower Court & Castle historic house.
The Star Inn Talybont was Powys Pub of the year, it has great beer garden and a very refreshing pint with some nice food. Other places to eat close by include the newly revamped TalybontPost Office and Café which serves the most amazing cakes and the White Hart Inn.
The Brecon Basin
The finishing or starting point of the canal, offers a wonderful welcome or goodbye atmosphere to the town of Brecon. The sights of canal boats docked up, the beaming Brycheiniog Theatre and surrounding cafes creates a great environment.
Llangattock Escarpment & Hillside
Between bridges 111 and 112 there’s an excellent viewing point of the surrounding area. There are some limestone cliffs and the view behind Llangattock is of the picturesque Sugarloaf Mountain. Passers by can also spot an Old Marina. Also nearby is a famous geomorphic area where you’ll find some caves and some nice peaceful green fields.
This is a nice stopping point where you’ll find a café, some old lime kilms, a picturesque Victorian church.
Historic sights include Bailey’s ware-house which was built on Govilon wharf in 1820 at the end of the Llanvihangel and Baileys tramway. Constructed on the wharf around 1820 was a bank of three limekilns, one of which made use of the canal for direct charging. There are also the remains of an old building which is believed to be an old Inn.