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Waterways of Powys

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Powys

Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal

Waterway's place in Powys :

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 Powys :

From the canal head at brecon to a point midway between Llangattock and Gilwern, where the canal crosses into 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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Montgomeryshire Canal

Waterway's place in Powys :

A canal from Powys to Shropshire.

Waterway Description:

A 23 mile 5 furlong,19 lock, narrow canal from Llanymynech to Newtown.

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1794, opened to Garthmyl in 1797, and to Newtown in March 1819. Joined the Shropshire Union in 1850.

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Shropshire Union Montgomery Canal

Waterway's place in Powys :

From a point between bridges 92 and 93 at Llanymynech, where the canal crosses into Powys from Shropshire, to the end of the canal, at Newtown Pumping Station, the canal is in Powys.

Waterway Description:

Runs 33 miles, from Frankton Junction, where it joins the Llangollen Canal, to Newtown. Much of this canal is un-navigable and is being restored.

History:

Authorised by an Act of March 1794.

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