A refreshing walk following the surfaced towpaths of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal with some steep steps,
stiles and uneven field paths further along requiring sturdy footwear.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start at Fourteen LocksVisitor Centre
(D/A) Start at the Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre and follow the canal towpath towards the M4. Continue underneath the motorway until you reach a stone arched bridge over the canal.
(1) Cross at the stone bridge and then walk to the gate on your left. Follow the bridleway sign along a well-defined track until you reach a steep set of steps that wind up along the old quarry face. When you reach the top, follow the waymarked path to the kissing gate.
(2) Turn sharp right through another kissing gate and follow the path downhill through the meadow to a kissing gate close to the pond.
(3) Turn left through the gate and follow the wide path to the canal at Allt-yr-yn Lock. Cross the canal and briefly follow the towpath left, before heading right past Grove farm. Heading underneath the motorway, through the underpass, continue along the track for a short distance looking for a stile and fingerpost on the left. Cross over the stile and follow waymarks over another two stiles before reaching Ynysyfro golf course.
(4) Follow the waymarks through the golf course adjacent to the woodland and passing the clubhouse on your right. Cross stile into small paddock and head diagonally crossing a small stream to another stile.
(5) Follow the track left, adjacent to the garden and continue along the road between the Ynysfro Reservoirs and back to Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 266ft - Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre
1 : mi 0.61 - alt. 115ft - Stone bridge
2 : mi 1.12 - alt. 167ft - Sharp right turn
3 : mi 1.35 - alt. 89ft - Gate
4 : mi 2.03 - alt. 167ft - Ynysyfro golf course
5 : mi 2.25 - alt. 180ft - Track adjacent to the garden
D/A : mi 2.99 - alt. 266ft - Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre
The flight of locks was completed in 1799 and raises the water level 160ft in just half a mile. Currently there are also various guided walks on the first Saturday of every month from the Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre. Telephone: 01633 892167.
Car park £1- 4hrs, £3 up to 5 hrs, £5 all day
Please be advised route descriptions may alter as improvements are made to footpath structures along these routes
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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