The route runs through Monmouthshire from the lovely market town of Abergavenny, known as the Gateway to Wales, and the city of Newport.

The route follows the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal towpath along the River Usk from the boundary with the City of Newport to Pontymoile Canal Basin. Passing through a fairly built-up area, the canal provides a green corridor with an excellent, wide gravel towpath and views of hills rising to over 1000 ft at its western end.

The route then continues northwards from Pontymoile along the canal towpath to the boundary with the County Borough of Monmouthshire at Mamhilad. Route 492 branches from Route 49 at Forge Hammer, Cwmbran and runs northwards to Pontypool.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

Route 49 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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