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Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Description of Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal: Also called the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal, it runs 42 miles from Brecon to Newport, Gwent. The first 35 miles are navigable.

History of Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal: The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted by Acts of 1793 and 1804 and opened in 1812. The Monmouthshire Canal by Acts of 1792, 1797 and 1862. The canals amalgamated in 1865. In 1933 commercial traffic ceased and the lift bridge at Talybont was replaced by a very low fixed bridge in about 1948. The Inland Waterways Association held a rally at Brecon in 1952 and in 1968 restoration work started with work on Brynich Lock, near Brecon. Official reopening of the canal from Pontypool to Brecon on 16 October 1970.
For more details see the History page.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal: Length 64 foot 9 inches, beam 9 foot 2 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Brecon

End of navigation and town centre.

0

0

N

SO046282

160

Brynich Bridge

Long road bridge under the A40 dual carriageway.

1.5

0

N

SO066277

160

Brynich Lock No 69

2

1

N

SO076273

160

Ty-Newydd Lower Bridge No 159

3.4

1

N

SO087259

160

Stonehouse Bridge No 158

3.5

1

N

SO085258

160

Pencelli Bridge No 154

4.5

1

N

SO092249

161

Cross Oak Drawbridge No 147

5.8

1

N

SO108236

161

Talybont Drawbridge

6.9

1

N

SO112227

161

Ashford Tunnel (South end)

7.8

1

N

SO123213

161

Llanddetty Bridge No 139

8.5

1

N

SO124204

161

Workhouse Bridge No 136

9.3

1

N

SO134198

161

Llangynidr Lock No 68

Locks 67 and 66 follow

10

2

N

SO138198

161

Llangynidr Lock No 65

Coombes Lock Bridge No 134

10.1

5

N

SO144197

161

Llangynidr Lock No 64

Coach & Horses Bridge No 133 and Inn.

10.3

6

N

SO146199

161

Aberhowy Bridge No 126

12

6

N

SO168195

161

Fro Bridge No 122

13

6

N

SO185193

161

Llwyncelyn Bridge No 121

13.5

6

N

SO192191

161

Ffawyddog Bridge No 116

15

6

N

SO207177

161

Llangattock Wharf

Upper Yard Bridge No 115

15.3

6

N

SO206172

161

Pen-pedair Heol Bridge No 110

16.4

6

N

SO220167

161

Dan-y-graig Bridge No 108

17.6

6

N

SO232155

161

Gilwern Aqueduct

Gilwern village at Bridge 103

18.8

6

N

SO243144

161

Govilon Aqueduct

Bridgend Inn down steps from aqueduct.

20.3

6

N

SO263137

161

Govilon Wharf

Lower Turn Bridge No 96

20.5

6

N

SO271136

161

Llanfoist Wharf

Boatyard and Incline Bridge

21.8

6

N

SO284130

161

Wooden Bridge No 91

Footpath to Llanellen a quarter of a mile.

23.6

6

N

SO298105

161

Twyn-Glas Bridge No 88

24.3

6

N

SO300096

161

Llanover Bridge No 81

25.8

6

N

SO307082

161

Goytre Wharf

Boatyard

27.4

6

N

SO313064

161

Park-y-brain Lower Bridge No 71

28.3

6

N

SO316049

171

High Bridge No 62

The Star, Mamhilad 200 yards East.

30.4

6

N

SO303033

171

Jockey Bridge No 55

A472 road bridge. Horse and Jockey 100 yards East.

32.3

6

N

SO298009

171

Pontymole Basin

Junction with the Monmouthshire Canal.

33.3

6

N

SO292001

171

Crown Bridge

34.3

6

N

ST293989

171

Cwmbran Tunnel

35

6

N

ST288968

171

Pontnewydd Locks Nos 59 to 63

Limit of navigation

35.5

11

U

ST290961

171

Cwmbran Locks Nos 49 to 58

36.5

21

U

ST291947

171

Oakfield Locks Nos 47 and 48

37.3

23

U

0

Ty-Coch Locks Nos 37 to 46

38.5

33

U

0

Ty-Coch Wharf

Ty-Coch Brick Works

38.8

33

U

0

Tynffynon Lock No 36

39.3

34

U

0

Malpas Lock No 35

40.5

35

U

0

Malpas Junction

Junction with the abandoned Crumlin Branch

40.8

35

U

ST302894

171

Gwanstad Lock No 34

40.9

36

U

ST303894

171

Crindau Bridge

41

36

U

SO305895

997

Newport Corporation Wharf

42

36

U

0

Mill Street Lock No 33

42.1

37

U

0

Newport Llanarth Street

42.4

37

U

0

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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