Welcome to the second day of our adventure walking the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in Wales. The first day (Parts 1 and 2) was beautiful and so memorable, although it did lure us into a false sense of security. We knew this would be a tough one as we aimed to cover just under 19 miles in one day but, for the first time in our walking careers, we felt like we had bitten off more than we could chew.
As well as the distance covered, we also experienced the worst rain we had ever experienced on one of our walks and have still yet to encounter worse. There is now a running joke between us; if we are walking and its starts to rain heavily we always say something along the lines of “Don’t worry, it won’t be as bad as Mon & Brec Day 2!”
We awoke to a lovely sunny morning at The Old Rectory outside Crickhowell and, after an amazing full welsh breakfast, set off towards Pontypool, where we had booked a B&B for the night. We enjoyed some typical picturesque canal scenery as we passed many boats of various shapes, sizes and colours. The majestic backdrop of the Brecon hills rising in the distance gave this canal a very different feel to others we have walked.
There were several marinas on this stretch of the walk as the proximity to the town of Brecon makes it a popular stretch of canal for holidaymakers to cruise. We followed the canal through Llangattock and out into the countryside.
Just before the town of Gilwern we walked past the remains of the Llanelly Wharf Limekilns; relics of obsolete local industries like this one are characteristic of the Mon & Brec Canal and are part of its charm and rich history.
We enjoyed one of the best stretches of the canal we had seen so far before arriving at our first stop of the day in the town of Gilwern where we had a drink at the Beaufort Arms who were gladly open for business at 11.30am.
The walk continues on the next page below…