Canal Centre - Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal - Canal Centre

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Canal Centre - Bettws - Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal - Canal Centre

The walk starts at the 14 Locks Canal Centre, where there is a museum showing the history of the canal and how it played a big part in the development of Newport. From here we walk down to Ynysyfro Reservoir with some spectacular views of Twmbarlwm Mountain and its pimple, the Sugar Loaf Mountain at Abergavenny, Wentwood Forest and views of Newport. The reservoir is a good place for birdwatching, with some rare birds overwintering there and in the summer you can watch the fly-fishermen catching trout.

We then skirt the edge of Tredegar Park Golf Club and this is the only part of the walk that could be muddy after heavy rain. At Bettws is St David's Church; there has been a church in the area serving Bettws since the 13th Century. We then go on to pass Bettws High School and Malpas Cricket Club before joining the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Newport Angling Club has two ponds to the right of the canal for coarse fishing. We follow the canal down under the M4 motorway, where we meet the Newport to Crumlin stretch of canal which we follow up to Allt-yr-yn. Here there is a nature reserve at the side of the canal. There are fine views across to Tredegar Park Golf Club, Twmbarlwm and Machen Mountain with the TV mast on top. We go back under the M4 Motorway and start the climb up the fourteen locks, passing the old lock-keeper's cottage and back to the canal centre.

Wales - South Wales - Gwent - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Museum, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
08/04/2016 - John Holloway

Did this walk 08 Apr 2016. Some lovely views. However a couple of points:- the car park at the 14 Lock Centre is locked at 4.45pm and not reopened until 6am. The height gain is shown as 316 metres, I think this is actually the figure in feet - my Garmin showed a height gain of about 330ft.

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