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You can do this route from :
Goytre Wharf.

Goytre Wharf



Cruise to Llangynidr through the breathtaking scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, surrounded by the Black mountains & overlooking the Usk valley, passing Abergavenny & Crickhowell.

A beautiful cruise with lovely scenery, and ideal for walkers who want to explore the Brecon Beacons, and passing some Welsh towns and villages like Abergavenny, Llanfoist and Govilion.

There is a Cafe and Restaurant at the Marina which is open in the early evenings at weekends

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 14.00 hours

Total Distance : 16.00 miles

Number of Locks : 0

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Going north from the marina the canal twists and turns through the beautiful Welsh countryside but does not pass any civilisation until the small village of Llanover on your left. The canal clings to the side of the hills, with small aqueducts taking the mountainside streams down to the valley below you. To the west the hills are very steep, rising to over 1800 ft, at times almost vertically away from the canal. The village of Llanellen is to the east from Bridge 92, there is a PO & stores here.

There are traces on the hills of the old 19th century tramways that used to carry the coal down from the hills, and as you approach Llanfoist look out for the old tramway by the Boat house. The old wharf buildings were originally built for the tramway, there is a lovely walk along the old tramway into the mountains.
You can moor up in Llanfoist for the 1st night, close to the Boatyard bridge if possible.

It is 2.25 hours cruising from Goytre marina.

There is an Indian restaurant in Llanfoist – Exotic East tel 01873 850509, or you can walk across the boatyard bridge into Abergavenny, about a mile away.

Abergavenny is a picturesque town situated in the South Eastern corner of Wales, only 20 miles from the English border. It lies beside the fast flowing River Usk & is steeped in history and enjoys an enviable position close to the beauty of the Brecon Beacons national park- Sugar Loaf, Blorenge & the Skirrids overlook the town. The museum & castle are in Castle street, the mound of the castle dominates the town. It was built in the 11th century and now houses the museum which tells the story of the town from prehistoric to modern times.

In addition to High Street stores there are loads of local shops selling a huge range of individual gifts as well as local arts &crafts. Plus, Abergavenny is still very much a market town with a recently refurbished market hall hosting Antiques & Collectors Fairs, Local Produce Markets and more.

With a wide variety of pubs, take-aways & restaurants in Abergavenny there is bound to be an establishment to cater for your your culinary tastes.

Day 2

Still heading north you start off towards Govilion, which cannot really be seen from the canal, but steps by the aqueduct lead down to it. There is a PO & stores here & the Bridgend Inn is below the aqueduct. Tel 01873-830177. There is also the Lion Inn in the village tel 01873 830404.

Gilwern is soon reached – the canal turns sharply before the Wharf. There is a useful well stocked gift shop at bridge 103, and a PO & stores in the village, pubs are the Bridgend Inn & Navigation Inn canalside at bridge 103 or Beaufort Arms just down the hill from the bridge.

The approach to Llangattock is through flatter country, the village is best approached from bridges 114/115, Llangattock wharf is a busy mooring site, and there are a range of old limekilns by the stone wharf buildings. There is a pub called the Horseshoe Inn to the east of bridge 116.

Through the village of Llangattock, about a mile from the canal, is the lovely town of Crickhowell.To the south the town is bounded by the River Usk which has a 16th century 13 arch bridge across it , to the north are the Black Mountains, the eastern range of the Brecon Beacons national park, this area is a good base for exploring the Brecon Beacons. There are opportunities for caving in the surrounding hills, and easy or strenuous walking, also horses can be hired from Golden castle Riding stables in Llangattock.
There are 2 challenging mountain bike trails starting from Crickhowell, and bikes can be hired locally. There are a variety of shops & pubs in the town. The Bridgend Inn Tel 01873 810338 is well worth a visit, and the Bear Hotel has won many awards for its excellent food tel 01873 810408.

The canal continues its north westerly route along the River Usk valley and you can moor up near bridge 129 which is the best access point for Llangyndir. The Red Lion pub is in the village.
You can turn just before bridge 131.

It is 5 hours cruising from Llanfoist wharf to here.

Day 3
Day 4
It is 7 hours to get back to Goytre marina from here.


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)
Red Backed Finch Canal Boat
Class : Finch
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Red Naped Finch Canal Boat
Class : Finch
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Red Billed Finch Canal Boat
Class : Finch
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Red Headed Finch Canal Boat
Class : Finch
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Red Tailed Finch Canal Boat
Class : Finch
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Red Poll Finch Canal Boat
Class : Finch
(Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Red Chested Swallow Canal Boat
Class : Red Swallow
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Red Rumped Swallow Canal Boat
Class : Red Swallow
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Red Sea Swallow Canal Boat
Class : Red Swallow
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Red Collared Swallow Canal Boat
Class : Red Swallow
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Red Throated Swallow Canal Boat
Class : Red Swallow
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).


Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Goytre More Info
Hen And Chickens Flannel Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EG 4.93 Miles Full Details
The Plas Derwen Monmouth Road, Abergavenny NP7 9SP 4.25 Miles Full Details
The Coliseum Lion Street, Abergavenny NP7 5PE 5.00 Miles Full Details
The Lion Inn Methyr Road, Abergavenny NP7 9PT 5.40 Miles Full Details
The Beaufort Arms Main Road, Gilwern, Abergavenny NP7 0AR 6.45 Miles Full Details
The Navigation Inn Main Road,gilwern, Abergavenny NP7 0AU 6.45 Miles Full Details
The Bridge End Inn Bridge Street, Crickhowell NP8 1AR 9.42 Miles Full Details
The Coach And Horses The Coach And Horses Cwm Crawnon Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1LS 12.88 Miles Full Details
The Red Lion The Red Lion Duffryn Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell NP8 1NT 12.61 Miles Full Details
The White Swan Llanfrynach LD3 7BZ 18.90 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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