Canoes, kayaks, hire, guiding and coaching.

Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu - Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu - Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal winds placidly from Aberhonddu - Brecon to Pont y Moel.  Most of the canal is within the Brecon Beacons Natinoal Park, and a secton is within the Blaenavon World Heritage site, so whether you want to enjoy spectacular scenery, explore our indistrial heritage, or just enjoy paddling peacefully on placid water, Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu - Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is for you!

The canal offers 50km of canoe touring, mostly without locks. and is ideal both for those looking for a gentle introduction to canoeing or kayaking, as well as those looking for an extended tour of different way to explore the rich heritage of the area.

Backwaters hire canoes and kayaks for half-day, full-day or extended tours on this canal, starting at Aberhonddu - Brecon, Tal y Bont or Gilwern Wharf.  Extended tours may also start at Pont y Moel - Pontymoile, near Pont y Pŵl -  Pontypool, to finish at one of the above points.

Guidance on the skill and experience needed to hire canoes and kayaks on placid inland waterways, including the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal and Montgomery Canal.

For unaccompanied hire on placid inland waterways such as the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal or Montgomery Canal, or similar waterways, paddlers should be able to:

  • Lift, carry, launch and land the canoe/kayak;
  • Get in and out safely (we will help you with this when you start your first trip);
  • Stay out of the way of larger craft (while you are learning to steer, you can paddle close to the towpath bank, and hold on to the bank while they pass);
  • Stop the canoe or kayak (you can practice this when you get on);
  • Recognise locks, sluices or weirs from a safe distance;
  • Move canoes by safely using lines.


Terminus Aberhonddu - Brecon

Car Park (pay and display)

Cafe, Toilets.

Pick-up, Drop-off, Launching, Landing.




Distance from Brecon (approx)

Local Points of Interest


Bridge 166 - Gasworks Bridge

Brynich - Lock (portage) and Aqueduct



Bridge 154 - Pencelli Bridge

Bridge 153 - Cross Key Bridge

Pencelli Wharf

Pick-up / Drop-off

Launching / Landing



Bridge 152 - Castle Bridge

Backwaters offers a 'static' canoeing/ kayaking holiday based on self-catering camping at this site with pre-erected tent; sleeping bag with mat; stove with fuel, pots/pans and crockery, and your choice of canoes and/or kayaks available while you are here.

Contact us for prices and details.


Castell Pencelli / Pencelli Castle

Camping & Caravan Park

canal access for site users.

Tel. 01874 665451



Talybont on Usk

Look out for the waymarked circular 'Vaughan Walk' which follows the canal through Talybont (blue and white signs with a flying swan).

Talybont Stores/Cafe/P.O.

Star Inn: 0174 676635 Pub/Food/B&B with canal access

Travellers Rest Inn 01874 676233. Canal access.

The Hawthorns B&B 01874 676337

B&B 07748 051125

Camp site a short portage across the road.

Ashford Tunnel

Canoes, kayaks and other small unpowered craft travelling through the Ashford Tunnel MUST comply with the following:

Tunnel Safety Guidance

* Check that the tunnel is clear of other craft before entering;

* Have a forward facing bright white light e.g. Head Torch;

* Wear a personal flotation device with an attached whistle;

* Be water confident.



Bridge 135 Top Lock Bridge

Bridge 132 Lower Lock Bridge

Llangynidr Lock Flight

Coach and Horses Inn at bottom lock.

Accommodation and Food 01874 730245

Pick - up / Drop - Off

(lower lock)



Bridge 131 - Yard Bridge

Llangynidr Village

Village Shop and Cafe a short walk from towpath.

Bridge 118

Workhouse Bridge

Many of the buildings in the locality, including the Ty Croeso B&B, formed part of the workhouse.

Footpath to the 18th Century bridge over the Usk.

Access to the road on foot, but no parking.

Ty Croeso B&B 01873 810573

Bridge 117

Footpath to the Old Rectory Hotel

01873 810373




Bridge 115 Upper Yard Bridge

Glanfa Llangatwg - Llangattock Wharf

Bridge 114 - Lower Yard Bridge

19th Century Ironworks and interpretation board.

Crickhowell town centre 10-15 minutes walk: TIC, shops (including outdoor equipment shop), pubs, cafes, gallery, banks and cash point, garage, castle,.

Bridge 112 - Park Bridge

Farm Camp-site with canal access.

(book first for camping) Tel 01873 812183.

Farm eggs, ice-cream for sale.  

Bridge 105 - Sand Bridge

Approach to Gilwern Wharf.

Picturesque views of the Brecon Beacons.



Bridge 104 - Gilwern Wharf

Look out for traces of the wharf's heyday as a hub of nineteenth-Century transport and industry.

Car Park/Picnic site. Short walk to Garage/Shop. This car park and the adjacent section is extensively used by anglers, with regular fishing competitions being held at various times throughout the year. Dates available from BWB.

Bridge 103 - Gilwern Village

Road House B&B 01873 830240

Shops, pubs, Fish and Chips, PO, toilets.

Bridge 101 - Bridge 102

Look out for remains of the old tramroad at the point where the canal crosses Afon (River) Clydach.

Bridge 98 - Station Road Br


Bridge 97 - Yard Bridge

Look out for the Gofilon/Govilon heritage trails (Bridge 100-Bridge 97):

Village Centre Trail ('Red Trail') - follows the canal for a short distance, just after the aqueduct to the new bridge.

Tramroad and Canal Trail ('Purple Trail') - follows the canal from the road bridge to the old railway line bridge.

Forge and Railway Trail ('Green Trail') - passes under the canal at the aquduct.

Shop in village. Access from road, car parking limited in village. BWB offices at Wharf. Private moorings.

Bridge 95 to Bridge 96

This section of the canal forms part of the

Blaenavon World Heritage Site.



Bridges 75 Jenkin Rosser's Bridge

Goytre Wharf

Bridge 74 Saron Bridge

WC. Information Centre. Cafe.



Bridge 72

Star Inn 01495 785319

Bridge 52

Pont y Moel / Pontymoile

Pont y Moel - Pontymoile is at the junction of the two original canals.

End of navigable section*.

Car Park, Toilets. Café (seasonal).

Shop at nearby garage. Pont y Pwl / Pontypool Town Centre about 15 minutes walk through park.

Pont y Pwl / Pontypool and New Inn Station within 1 mile.

Although Pont y Moel / Pontymoile marks the limit of the navigable section of Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu / The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal; the Fynwy / Monmouth, Aberhonddu / Brecon and Y Fenni / Abergavenny Canals which together form the system, can be explored further on foot. Restoration work on the canal system is being carried out by the Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust, and there is a Canal Centre and Museum at Fourteen Locks on the outskirts of Casnewydd / Newport, near Cwmbran.