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Waterways of Monmouthshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Monmouthshire

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

Waterway's place in Monmouthshire :

A canal that runs through Powys, Monmouthshire and Glamorganshire.

Waterway Description:

Original name for the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

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Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Waterway's place in Monmouthshire :

From to a point midway between Llangattock and Gilwern, where the canal crosses into Monmouthshire from Powys, to a point where the canal crosses Berthin Brook, just after Troedyrhiw Bridge No 61, and crosses into Gwent the canal is in Monmouthshire.

Waterway Description:

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

History:

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.

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Monmouthshire Canal

Waterway's place in Monmouthshire :

Waterway Description:

Consisted of 2 lines of 11 miles each with 42 locks on the main line from Pontnewynydd, near Pontypool, to Newport (Gwent) and 32 locks on the branch from Newport to Crumlin.

History:

Authorised by Acts of 1792, 1797 and 1862, main line opened in 1796 and the Crumlin branch in 1799, the Crumlin branch was closed in 1949 and the rest of the waterway by Acts of 1954 and 1962.

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River Wye

Waterway's place in Monmouthshire :

The whole of the navigable river forms the boundary between Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

Waterway Description:

This open river can be navigated for 15 miles from Bigsweir Bridge to Beachley Point, where it joins the Severn estuary

History:

Right of navigation extends to Hay-on-Wye an Act was passed for the Wye Navigation in 1662.

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