Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7EW.
The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is one of the prettiest canals in the country. It winds its way around the edge of the Brecon Beacons from Brecon to Newport, through small villages, farmland, deciduous woodland and the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon. It was built in the early nineteenth century to transport coal, iron ore and limestone, which was brought by tram-road from the mountains. There is plenty of evidence of the importance of this canal in the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Our volunteers can lead a guided walk around Brecon Basin, starting and finishing at Theatr Brycheiniog. Where does the canal link to the River Usk? What did the canal basin used to look like? What are the planks of wood for? Spot the old tramway and the limekilns.
This workshop looks at how and why the canal was built over 200 years ago and the main cargoes that were carried by boat. Find out about some of the problems our engineers face today when looking after the canal.
Along the length of the canal there are many arched stone bridges (and a tunnel!). In this workshop children will find out why an arch is a good strong shape for a bridge, and they will work in teams to build some bridges of their own.
At certain times of the year and in certain locations our volunteers can take your class on a mini-beast hunt. Activities include bug hunting, exploring the hedgerows and comparing the creatures that live in the canal with those that live in the River Usk.
Our Explorers team are happy to lead guided walks along the canal near you, anywhere between Brecon and Pontymoile. No worries about transport costs – just a walk to your nearest stretch of canal. They will point out local features, tell you stories about the local history and how we look after the canal today. During most of our walks children have spotter books to complete. There is always something interesting to see!
Use the following resources to support learning on your trip and back in the classroom:
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Visits to Brecon Basin are FREE!