The beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, which celebrated its bicentenary this year, meanders its way through the Brecon Beacons National Park for 36 miles, offering a fantastic canal boat holiday.
Isolated from the main canal network, the canal is quieter than others and arguably one of the most picturesque, with diverse scenery and glorious views of the Brecon Beacons.
Clinging to the mountainside, the canal follows the River Usk, from the historic market town of Brecon to the new town of Cwmbran.
There are plenty of places to stop off along the way on your narrowboat holiday, including: Crickhowell with its 13th century castle, excellent food and shopping; Abergavenny, known as the ‘Gateway to Wales’, with its medieval castle, town hall, market, theatre, pubs and shops; and Talybont Reservoir for bird watching, trout fishing and easy walks to the waterfalls at Blaen y Glyn.
Canal boat hire from Drifters’ base at Goytre Wharf on the Mon & Brec Canal near Abergavenny starts at £580 for a short break on a five berth boat or £885 for a week’s holiday.