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Mon & Brec Canal Holiday

Itinerary for 3/4 Night short breaks, 7 nights and longer Canal Holidays


W e offer canal holidays of 3 nights starting on a Friday and 4 nights starting on a Monday, or seven nights starting Friday, Saturday or Monday. The boats page shows you which canal holiday boats are available for the various start-days and periods of hire.
A 7 night canal holiday cruise allows time to enjoy the whole canal but you will need to plan to cruise for about six hours every day, so why not take a 10 night break and enjoy the whole Mon & Brec canal at a more leisurely pace and still have time to explore the towns and villages.

Many people taking a weeks canal holiday prefer to take advantage of the excellent footpaths above the Mon & Brec that allow you to enjoy amazing views of the beautiful surroundings from higher up the hills. There are also many places where you can investigate the industrial heritage of the area from the days of coal mines, lime kilns and iron-making. This will still leave plenty of time to enjoy cruising on this wonderful canal and to experience the locks, lift-bridges, tunnel and aqueduct, and visit Abergavenny or Brecon on market days.

During a 3 or 4 night short-break canal holiday on the Brecon and Monmouth you will have the opportunity to experience the most interesting stretch of the canal, where you will encounter the lift-bridges, tunnel and all the locks. You should also have time to traverse Brynich Aqueduct where the canal passes forty feet above the River Usk on it’s way to Brecon.


Cambrian Cruisers Mon & Brec Hire Base


The Canal


T he Mon & Brec Canal starts in the historic market town of Brecon. Here the water for the canal is drawn from the River Usk. Brecon boasts a fine Cathedral, two fascinating museums and two market days a week on Tuesday and Friday. There is also the new theatre at the head of the Mon & Brec canal with it’s modern canalside bistro.

Govilon has the oldest English speaking Baptist Chapel in Wales with it’s unusual outside font, filled at one time with water from the Brecon & Monmouth for Baptisms!

There are lots of interesting villages to explore like Llangattock where the Church contains the village stocks and whipping post.

Crickhowell is a short walk from the Brec & Monmouth canal, across the River Usk and is well worth a visit on your canal holiday. It has a castle, lots of interesting little shops and some great pubs, and award winning sausages from a local butcher. Abergavenny is located across the Usk Valley from the Mon & Brec and is accessible by foot, bus or taxi. It is a charming town with castle, museum and a good shopping centre with market day on Tuesday.

Not far from the Brecon & Monmouth canal is the Llangorse Riding and Rope Centre which is an ideal visit for the whole family. Riding can be enjoyed on miles of private tracks and the indoor climbing centre offers indoor abseiling, climbing and pot holing.