The 'Mon and Brec' Canal is one of the finest in Britain. It lies almost completely within the borders of the Brecon Beacons National Park, following the mountainside for much of its 33 miles between Brecon and its junction with the Monmouthshire Canal at Pontymoile. 23 miles are level - a wonderful work of engineering in this mountainous terrain - providing one of the longest pounds in the entire waterways system.

Before the days of railways and modern roads, this was the industrial artery of south Wales, carrying coal, iron ore, limestone, agricultural produce and much more. Now - although never far from civilisation - its setting is idyllic, and wonderful views of the valleys and the Beacons open up at every turn. Wildlife is abundant too, including kingfishers, herons, the rare red kite and even mink.

Even if you know nothing about boats or canal navigation, you can explore the Mon and Brec Canal from the comfort of the Dragonfly trip boat (call 07831 685222 for details), and narrowboats are available for hire from Cambrian Cruisers and from Castle Narrowboats. Whichever you choose, you can be certain of having a wonderful break on this most beautiful of the canals of Wales.

If you would like more information on British Canals in general, check out the British Waterways pages.

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