The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal’s History and the Food Trail leaflets provide a colourful and informative guide to visitors on the canal’s history between Talybont on Usk and Gilwern and some great ideas on where to stop for a bite to eat.
Featuring quirky artwork from Welsh artist Lisa Hellier, they will help visitors and residents discover even more about the tunnels, locks and aqueducts, as well as pubs, restaurants and shops that line the canal. The leaflets also offer advice on hiring bikes, canoes and canal boats and many other useful tips on how to enjoy the canal and the surrounding area.
Tracey Birch from The Coach and Horses at Llangynidr, said: “These eye-catching new leaflets are an excellent way of promoting the rich history of the area as well as the food hotspots along this stretch of the canal. We look forward to welcoming walkers and canal boaters using these leaflets to explore and enjoy the area.”
Carol Williams, Tourism Growth Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, added: “We received some great feedback after the release of the initial Canal History and Food Trail leaflets for the canal between Brecon and Talybont-on-Usk, and these new leaflets will help people continue their adventure.”
National Park Authority Member Champion for Heritage Martin Buckle said, “Canals were at the heart of commerce and acted as a vital artery in the movement of good and service to towns and cities across the UK. As transportation by rail took over this function, many of our canals fell into disrepair – some disappearing for ever beneath newly built roads – a decision now lamented by many with the benefit of hindsight. We are fortunate however that the same fate didn’t befall the canal where it runs through the National Park and which provides so much pleasure for visitors and residents. The new Canal History and Food Trail leaflets are a great way to promote the canal for the benefit of both visitors and local businesses.”
The publication of the new Canal History and Food Trail leaflets was made possible as part of a Rural Alliances project funded by the EU’s Interreg IVB NWE programme and the Welsh Government