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Canal and Beacons View Circular

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Canal and Beacons View Circular
Author: melanzana, Published: 24 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide star1 Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide star1 Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide star1 Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide star0 Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide
Powys, Talybont-on-Usk
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Canal and Beacons View Circular
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide boot Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide boot Canal and Beacons View Circular Walking Guide
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A wonderful 5 mile walk in Powys, following the well-marked Usk Valley Walk up from the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. The route takes you up and over a ridge, with great views of the Usk Valley and over to the Black Mountain Range, to a stunning lookout over the Brecon Beacons range with a view of the rear Cribyn and Pen y Fan ridge and Twyn Du hill over Talybont valley and its reservoir. The return leg follows a quiet back road down to Talybont village, (with facilities just a 200 yard detour along canal) then back to the start along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The first section is steep with a total ascent of 150 metres so walking boots are required, but the pay back is an easy stroll back down a very quiet road and along the canal towpath so the hardest section is over while you are freshest. You will need to negotiate some gates, cross a few stiles, and cross some tiny streams You may come across sheep, cows and alpacas during the initial ascent. Allow 2.5 hours

The walk starts and finishes at Llandetty Church on the B4558 between the villages of Llandetty and Talybont-on-Usk. Nearest post code is LD3 7YR. There is limited parking at the church for four cars, but please do not park here on Sunday mornings or when the church is in use. There are two other parking options. One is up a rough track (on the opposite side of the road and just south of the church) which leads up to the canal. The second and easiest option is to start the walk from the centre of Talybont village which has roadside parking, post code LD3 7YJ. This is close to Waypoint 5 and you can adjust the walk to start here, heading along the canal first.

Walk Sections

Start to Usk Valley Walk
Start to Usk Valley Walk

Start point: 51.8736 lat, -3.2681 long
End point: 51.8723 lat, -3.2695 long

From the church, turn left along the road and then turn right onto the rough track which leads to the canal. Walk over the canal bridge and turn up the path to the RIGHT. (Do NOT turn up the forestry path and green gate). Follow the steep climb through gates (and crossing over a couple of tiny streams if it is wet).

Usk Valley Walk to Small Fir Wood
Usk Valley Walk to Small Fir Wood

Start point: 51.8723 lat, -3.2695 long
End point: 51.8763 lat, -3.2826 long

Keep following the Usk Valley Walk (marked with blue arrow waymarkers) across the fields. You will begin to have amazing views over to Table Mountain above Crickhowell, down the valley and Allt yr Esgair and to Myndd Troed in the Black Mountains beyond.

Keep on going uphill and you will reach a stand of fir (larch) trees and small wood.

Small Fir Wood to Beacons View
Small Fir Wood to Beacons View

Start point: 51.8763 lat, -3.2826 long
End point: 51.8755 lat, -3.2887 long

Pass through the stand of fir (larch) trees and small wood. Continue and you will see the Brecon Beacons in front of you after a steep pull.

Beacons View to Talybont Reservoir View
Beacons View to Talybont Reservoir View

Start point: 51.8755 lat, -3.2887 long
End point: 51.8751 lat, -3.294 long

Emerge through a gate and you will see a tarmac minor road. Turn right to go downhill to the cattle grid and then turn left to follow the Usk Valley Walk footpath sign and walk uphill. Walk on to the top where there is a wonderful view of the Brecon Beacons and the Talybont Valley with its reservoir.

Talybont Reservoir View to Canal and Lime Kilns
Talybont Reservoir View to Canal and Lime Kilns

Start point: 51.8751 lat, -3.294 long
End point: 51.8932 lat, -3.284 long

Walk on up the field on the path and the view will get better the further and higher up the field you go. Sit, have a cake and a thermos of tea and admire the huge Victorian reservoir dam below and the mountain ridges going up the valleys. The reservoir is the largest of many in the Beacons.

When you have finished enjoying the views, retrace your steps back down the hill to reach the tarmac lane by the cattle grid. Turn left along the road, continuing your journey downhill. Eventually you will come to the canal bridge at the bottom of the valley.

Canal and Lime Kilns to Ashford Tunnel
Canal and Lime Kilns to Ashford Tunnel

Start point: 51.8932 lat, -3.284 long
End point: 51.8879 lat, -3.2765 long

Join the canal towpath heading south (right) with the canal running on your right. The canal runs 35 miles and is a lovely peaceful path. You are likely to see lots of canal boats on the way. The canal no longer runs to Newport, but there are plans for restoration and a few sections have reopened. You will come to the Ashford Tunnel.

Ashford Tunnel to End
Ashford Tunnel to End

Start point: 51.8879 lat, -3.2765 long
End point: 51.8737 lat, -3.2681 long

Continue past Ashford Tunnel which is 343m long - there is a little footpath to the side of the road to lead you past the tunnel. Keep going until you reach the canal bridge at the start of the walk (Bridge 138) and then turn left back down to Llandetty Church on the main road, where the walk began.

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3 Comments for: "Canal and Beacons View Circular"

Planned this walk. Church says no parking and no clear place to park in other recommended starting point.

ADMIN RESPONSE: As mentioned in the guide, we understand the easiest parking is within the centre of Talybont village, where there is roadside parking available. You can then walk to the village edge, Waypoint 5, and adjust the walk to start there. We have added a second post code to the instructions, to make the village starting point easier to find.

By MartinBell19 on 07 Aug 2018

Lovely walk, especially in the Autumn. Dogs should be kept on lead for ascent as sheep, cows and alpacas.

By nagrom on 15 Oct 2017

Lovely walk, not too strenuous. Nice for hill views upwards or equally when wanting a walk where weather has reduced visibility at higher altitudes..

By Laing on 30 Mar 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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