How to get there - At Abergavenny, turn south off the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road onto the A4042, signposted Pontypool.At Llanover (after 3 .5 miles) turn right onto Old Abergavenny Road to Pencroesoped and after half a mile turn left. After a short distance you will cross the canal with a car park on the left.
For those with SatNav the postcode of Pencroesoped is NP7 9EL. If you intend to leave a car at Pontymoile the postcode is NP4 8ER.
Get a map with driving directions to start or end (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)
Suggested Launch Site - Launch over the bank.
Description - This trip is in draft form only. I have researched and planned the trip but have not yet done it so all details have to be confirmed. Similarly I have no photos of my own. If you get the chance before I do, please feel free to submit comments and photos by submitting a new trip giving the start point as "see Trip 986".
Set off north. This is an attractive rural canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park with no locks or portages on this section. In 5 miles you will reach Llanfoist where the boatyard now marks the interchange wharf with the old tramway west into the mountains (which is now a well marked walk).
Continue along the canal for a mile and a half to Govilon, past the old wharf, now the British Waterways Offices (which may be a good place to leave a car if you want a one way trip). If you want to make an overnight stop the green area on the outside of the sharp bend (non towpath side) may be a good place. (see the end of the route map)
There is no pub canalside but the Bridgend Inn in Church Street is only a very short walk from the canal. They also do Bed & Breakfast.
Comments on this trip
Rod Neep 21 Jul 2010
There is a similar (but smaller) informal camping spot at Castle Turn (between bridges 93 94)on the nontowpath side.See trip 1092 Pencroesoped to Gilwern for photos on this route.
Rod Neep 21 Jul 2010
The point that you marked at the end of the route on the bend just past Govilon is indeed a delightful (informal) camping spot, right beside the old dry dock. There is no way to end a journey here though as there is no road access.