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Gilwern to Pontypool

Please note that these route pages are a work in progress. The figures below indicate route length; however, not all locks and bridges are included currently, so the time required may be underestimated.

Departure Point:  
Cruising Hours: This route consists of 28.754 miles, 0 locks, 0 movable bridges and 0 tunnels. Which will take 2 days, 0 hours and 22 minutes when travelling for 7 hours per day at our default speeds.

A cruise down to Pontypool is the perfect beginner’s itinerary. If you rather not do any lock wheeling on your first canal holiday, then this might be the route of choice for you. Instead of lots of locks, the canal boasts many horseshoe bends to wind itself around the hills and almost always crosses an aqueduct. At times noisily tumbling streams and rivers underneath make a scenic sight. The more you progress along the canal, the steeper and more impressive the hills get. There are many visible remains of the mining industry from the past, which make for a very interesting excursion on foot. You’ll cross through a wooded area and shortly reach the crossing of the River Usk. A walk under the canal through the tunnel in Govilon makes a nice change to your holiday on the canal. The scenery changes between open pastureland, wooded areas and steep hills and making this cruise down to Pontypool a very exciting and pleasant one. There are many opportunities for walks in the surrounding countryside and although there are sections without any towns and villages, in sight, a traditional pub or restaurant is almost always only a short walk away. Once you have reached the town of Pontypool, it’s time to turn around and retrace your journey back to the hire base in Gilwern.

Places of interest on the Gilwern to Pontypool route

Places to visit & highlights on the canal itself

Goytre Wharf & Canal Visitor Centre
Pontypool Park Gates
Llanfoist Wharf
Panteg Park
Pontypool canal
Pontymoile Canal Basin
S F & M O Williams
Brecon & Monmouthshire Canal
R.A Hamer

Top Rated Pubs And Restaurants On to Near the Canal

The Open Hearth
Page's Fish Bar
The Coffee Bean
Owen Catering
Trios Teashop
The Horseshoe Inn
Tafarn y Bont
Star Inn
The Lion Govilon
The Horse and Jockey
The Crown Inn
The Keepers Cafe
Cariad Catering
Hsiang Yang Chinese
Hsiang Yang Flower
Green Flute
Costa Express
Fungs Chinese Take Away
Skippy's Bar

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Further reading and learning about the Gilwern to Pontypool route


Related Nicholson Guide:
Four Counties & the Welsh Canals - Nicholson Guide No 4

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