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Canal:Brecon Canal Basin at Aberhonddu | Brecon




Canal, free entry




The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is often voted Britain's prettiest canal. Much of it runs through the Brecon Beacons National Park and follows the line of the lovely, wooded Usk Valley. Brecon Canal Basin is a great place to start your journey, with lovely walks along the canal.

Brecon Canal Basin is at the northern extent of the navigable section of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, right in the heart of Brecon. The canal towpath offers walkers a gentle walking experience through some very pretty countryside and enjoy the waterside wildlife.

There is a car park at Brecon Canal Basin and a well-surfaced tow path along the canal. Follw this for 3 miles and you reach the first lock at Brynich where you will find a life size sculpture of a man with his horse drawn tram which depicts the history of this section of the canal. Expect to see water birds including ducks, herons and kingfishers and when you reach Brynich you may see narrow boats navigate the small lock.

There are picnic tables at the side of the lock and additional ones just a few hundred metres away on the other side of the lane. Looking down river from the bridge you can see Brynich Aqueduct crossing the Usk.

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedCurrency ExchangeDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

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Free entry






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Map reference: SO 046287  Lat: 51.94862 Long: -3.38889

This is a town where you'll enjoy losing yourself...not only in the narrow streets and passageways lined with Georgian and Jacobean shopfronts, but in the sense of timelessness about the place.

Brecon is reached by the A40 road from the east or west or the A470 from the south or north. Brecon bus station has services from Cardiff, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown, Swansea, Abergavenny, Hay-on-Wye and Hereford.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 20 miles from Abergavenny station


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Currency ExchangeCurrency Exchange
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing