- From - To: Riverside Centre, Newport - Pontymoel Canal Basin, Pontypool
- Distance: 12 miles
- Terrain: Traffic-free. Mainly gravel
- Access: Newport and Pontypool Rail stations
- National Cycle Network: National Routes 4, 47 and 49
This riverside path and canal towpath alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal connect Newport, Wales' newest city and the canal basin at Pontymoel.
From Newport, you follow a path alongside the River Usk, before joining National Route 49 north along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath all the way to Pontymoile Canal Basin in Pontypool.
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.
Originally built to connect with a large network of tramways transporting limestone, coal and iron ore, the canal was eventually abandoned in 1962 with sections filled in. Restoration of the section north of Pontypool has made it possible to navigate north from here to Brecon.
Possible Extension: From Pontypool you could continue North to the Garn Lakes at Blaenavon along Route 492, the traffic-free Pontypool / Blaenavon Cycle Route which follows the line of an old mineral railway.
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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
This ride takes you along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, a beautiful green corridor that’s perfect for a leisurely family day out.