A hidden gem and a wildlife haven… we don’t use these two phrases lightly! But the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal is truly deserving of such praise. A tranquil, beautiful 35 mile long stretch, reaching from Brecon to Sebastopol follows the line of the Usk Valley through the well-known Brecon Beacons National Park.
A history and wildlife lovers dream, along the paddle you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you paddle past old works and lime kilns. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy red kites and buzzards relaxing in the thermals overhead, as well as herons and dragonflies along the towpaths and reedbeds on the canal.
Any other things to note? Loads! We’d be here all day if we went through everything. The Llangattock escarpment is a site of special scientific interest and is an extensive cave network… somewhere to stop off and have a peek maybe!? You will also paddle through world heritage sites with landmarks such as the Big Pit Mining Museum.
There’s also plenty of spots to stop along the route, with ample cafes and pubs canalside!