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About us

Brecon Canal Boat Hire with Cambrian Cruisers


C ambrian Cruisers was established in 1988 by Ruth and Peter Griffiths. I am Jonathan their younger son and from the very beginning, at the age of twelve I was an eager helper, only too keen to show off my canal boat handling skills, sometimes with embarrassing consequences!!

Twenty years on I have now taken over the Brecon canal boat hire business and run it with my wife Camilla. Being involved from the beginning I have learned how important it is to provide the committed and professional service our guests deserve.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our hire canal boats which are clean, modern, reliable and well equipped.

We look forward to welcoming you to this magnificent part of Britain to experience a unique and unforgettable Brecon canal boat hire holiday along the Mon and Brec Canal.




Our Marina Base

Cambrian Cruisers Canal Hire Firm Base Wales

W e are situated just outside Brecon, off the A40 and just one hour from the Severn bridge. Take A40 from Abergavenny, after Crickhowell and Bwlch take Left turn to Talybont on Usk, then Right turn on to B4558 towards Brecon, continue on and 1 mile after village of Pencelli our marked driveway is on right side. (Mind speedhumps) For hirers coming by public transport the nearest railway station is at Abergavenny and a bus from there, passes our marina every two hours.

Loading your canal hire boat from your car is easy at our purpose built moorings. We provide secure and secluded car parking to give you peace of mind about your vehicle whilst you enjoy your Brecon canal boat hire holiday.

From our base at the northern end of the Mon & Brec canal, you can easily make a waterway visit to Brecon and also be able to enjoy most of the interesting features of the Mon & Brec canal i.e. aqueducts, lift bridges, tunnel, locks, and fantastic views of the Brecon Beacons.


National Quality Assurance Scheme

Narrowboat Assurance Scheme

T he Visit Britain narrowboat hire grading scheme is your assurance of hiring a good quality narrowboat for your holiday. We have been members of this scheme for over 9 years and their annual inspection of our fleet means that we cannot become complacent about our standards. All our narrowboat hire boats have been awarded the upper range of 4 to 5 stars (out of a maximum of 5.) Under the scheme a 4 star narrowboat hire boat is described as ‘very good to excellent overall quality. Higher comfort levels and evident attention to detail throughout’. 4 star Brecon canal boat hire

Under the scheme a 5 star narrow boat hire is described as ‘Excellent to exceptional overall quality. Highest levels of decor, fixtures and fittings. Highest standards of management efficiency and guest care’. Our commitment to independent inspection means that you can book your canal boat hire holiday with complete confidence.

Quality Assured Canal Boat Handovers and Instruction


O ur handover procedures and the instruction we give to hirers have been checked and accredited by the British Marine Federation. You can be sure that you will get good information and an effective briefing before you take out one of our hire canal boats.
Brecon canal boat hire