Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Recreation and Access

The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is much valued by local people; and is well used as a walking and cycling corridor for both leisure and as a community network.


Walking is one of the most popular activities along the canal corridor.  The towpath is part of a continuous route running from Newport to Brecon.  It is well used by local people for leisure; dog walking; enjoying peace and quiet; is appreciated as a landscape which is different to that surrounding it, and is rich in wildlife.  It is also a popular traffic free route for getting to work or the shops.


The towpath is part of the National Cycle Route 49 which uses the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal from Newport to Brecon.  It is well used by both leisure and commuting cyclists.


The canal is an important coarse fishery and is regularly used by angling clubs and the local public.   There is wide range of fish including pike, carp, tench, pike, bream, roach and perch.

The Local Economy

The regeneration of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is a strategic project which will bring significant long term economic, social and environmental benefits to the area.  Without restoration of the canal a unique opportunity to undertake environmental skills training in a practical situation resulting in economic benefits and employment opportunities to local communities will be lost.

The regeneration of the canal will create a vibrant focus for communities creating a new corridor and act as a catalyst for the creation of new businesses and jobs.  By building a recreational resource accessible to local people and visitors alike it will help to build and support a visitor and tourism economy and develop the skills needed to sustain it. The canal corridor passes close to two of the main town centres in Torfaen: Pontypool and Cwmbran.