Down to the Sea

To embrace the Year of The Sea in Wales this year, the Brecon Beacons National Park have created a series of walks and animations highlighting our beautiful canal and surrounding area. Explore canal wharf and the watton lime kilns in Brecon, walk in the footsteps of the past at Brinore Tramroad and delve into the history of Clydach and Blaenavon Ironwalks. Read on to discover…

Canal Wharf to Watton Lime Kilns


  • Park at the Theatr Brycheiniog  car park
  • Walk directly onto the canal and go under Bridge 166
  • Continue along the towpath to the gate, go through the gate and continue to a panel which tells you about the lime kilns
  • Continue to the signpost which directs you to the lime kilns
  • Walk back to the start.

Brinore Tramroad walk


  • Park at Henderson Hall car park
  • Walk up to the road and head towards the lift bridge, turn left along the canal towpath.
  • Leave the towpath at Bridge 143 and go over the bridge.
  • Continue along the Brinore Tramroad until you see a gate ahead and steps with a stile leading into a field on your left.
  • Go over the stile, walk through the field to another stile, go over the stile into another field.
  • Walk ahead to another stile, go over this, turn left over the metalled gate walk down to the raod until you reach Bridge 142.
  • Turn left onto the towpath and walk back to Talybont village.

Clydach Ironworks and Tramroad


  • Park at Clydach village hall, from the entrance to the car park, take the path to the right down the former tramroad incline to reach the ruins of Clydach Ironworks
  • Cross the River Clydach via the historic cast-iron Smart’s Bridge and follow the track, keeping right until you reach the road.
  • Turn right and follow the road uphill for over 350m until you reach a public footpath on the left beside of Troed Rhiw House.
  • Follow the path, cross a footbridge and ascend to a viewing point over the Dyar-fach. Continue to the old viaduct over Nant Dyar. Turn right along the cycleway past the former clydach station to a steep road
  • Cross the road and follow the waymarked route of National Cycle network 46, passing the western entrances to the Clydach Tunnels, until you reach a panel interpreting the view into Llanelly Quarry. Shortly afterwards, turn sharp right down a road and then shortly left down a former tramway incline through the beechwoods signed to Dan y Coed. Follow a path behind the houses with the river down to your left to reach the head of a short cul-de-sac road. Follow it and turn left along another road to reach the entrance to the car park after 220m.

Blaenavon Ironworks Walk


  • Turn left at Prince Street car park, walk up the road, passing St.Peters Church and then take the next left into Blaenavon World Heritage Centre.
  • After your visit, turn left and continue up the road to Blaenvon Ironworks.
  • After your visit, turn left and walk up the road until you see the King Street on the opposite side of the road.
  • Cross over with care and continue walking down King Street which leads to the shops in Blaenavon and at the end of the road back to Prince Street car park.

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