Walking along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Are you in need of recharging?

Our canals and rivers offer spaces on your doorstep to relax and reconnect when we need them the most.

A wonderful five mile walk in Powys, following the well-marked Usk Valley Walk up from the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.

Man walking along towpath by canal with autumnal colours Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

This walk is from iFootpath, a website and App to inspire people to get out and enjoy beautiful walks across the UK. Visit their website for full route information and maps.

The route takes you up and over a ridge, with great views of the Usk Valley and over to the Black Mountain Range, to a stunning lookout over the Brecon Beacons range with a view of the rear Cribyn and Pen y Fan ridge and Twyn Du hill over Talybont valley and its reservoir. The return leg follows a quiet back road down to Talybont village, (with facilities just a 200 yard detour along canal) then back to the start along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.

The first section is steep with a total ascent of 150 metres so walking boots are required, but the pay back is an easy stroll back down a very quiet road and along the canal towpath so the hardest section is over while you are freshest. You will need to negotiate some gates, cross a few stiles, and cross some tiny streams Allow 2.5 hours.

Start point: Llandetty Church

End point: Llandetty Church

Distance: five miles

Find out more about this walk

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