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Brecon to Cwmbran Along The Monmothshire and Brecon Canal towpath Cycle Route

Wales > Monmouthshire > Brecon (Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Start)
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameBrecon to Cwmbran Along The Monmothshire and Brecon Canal towpath
Distance : miles (km)35.63  (57.34)
Posted Byp hart
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CityBrecon (Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Start)
Start LocationBrecon (Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Start)
End LocationCwmbran (Aldi Superstore)
Cycle Steps
Follow the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal until it reaches the main town. From there, follow the cycle track until you reach the A4051. Cross 1 roundabout, keeping on the A4051, and pass an underpass. At the second roundabout, take the second exit and go down Woodside road. Finishing point is the Aldi superstore- this makes an ideal pick-up point at the end.

What makes this route different is that it is almost entirely flat- it has to be, due to the canal. Afterwards, the path follows a dismantled railway, before running parallel to the A4051.

Each of the bridges along the canal is numbered- increasing as the canal runs further upstream towards Brecon. The aqueducts are also an experience- it is strange to see a river below a river. Along the part from Crickhowell to near Abergavenny, the A4077 appears 50 metres below.

This will not suit those with road bikes-I would advise those who have wider tyres to attempt it.

Typical traffic would consist of a few walkers and maybe other cyclists.

If the route is too much for 1 day, there is a camp-site located just before Crickhowell called Park Farm.

The route is just over 35 miles long- it may be 1 mile longer as the route mapper does not recognise towpaths. I have mapped out the route in accordance with the Ordnance Survey maps.
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Cwmbran Halfords
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