Three short walking trails have been launched in Wales. The charity, Glandŵr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales, has created its Step-by-Step trails of four to six miles return.
The three linear walks along the scenic Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal focus on Brecon and Pontymoile basins and Goytre Wharf.
The routes can be downloaded from the Canal & River Trust website (opens in new tab) and are also available from local information centres in Brecon, Abergavenny, the National Park and Goytre Wharf, as well as at health centres.
Walkers will enjoy a beautiful landscape, as well as exploring fascinating heritage and enjoying the sights and sounds of local wildlife.
More about the Welsh canal walking trails
The trails include:
Brecon Basin: The 2.2-mile (4.4-mile return) Brecon Basin Trail starts at the Theatr Brycheiniog and takes walkers back in the steps of history, including 200-year-old Brynich Lock, which is still in working order. The views include the Brecon Beacons National Park at the end of the route is the Grade II listed Brynich Aqueduct.
Pontymoile Basin: The linear route, which is six miles there and back, starts from Junction Cottages and follows a three-mile stretch of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal to the Cascades. You'll see stone bridges, a total of five locks and the Cascades.
Goytre Wharf: Glandŵr Cymru’s two-mile trail (four miles return) from Goytre Wharf starts at the historic Lime Kilns, which showcase the area’s industrial heritage. The bridges, stone steps and markers remind walkers of the past, while the ramps give a challenge to raise the heart rate a little. This route reaches the boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park for lovely views.
Each of the bilingual trails has been designed to be followed in small sections, with the option of doing as little or as much as you fancy.
David Morgan, Glandŵr Cymru development manager Wales, said: “Whether you want to shed some lockdown pounds, improve your overall fitness or just explore your local area, these maps are designed with you in mind.
“They are part of Glandŵr Cymru’s social prescribing project offering a different approach to tackling health and wellbeing challenges."
The Goytre and Brecon Basin trails have been made possible thanks to funding from Cronfa Dreftadaeth, National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).
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