With the sun shining and National Picnic Week in mind, here are a few of our favourite places to stop for a picnic. Set off on your bike, by foot or even on a day boat. Remember there’s no shortage of independent shops and market stalls in Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Brecon to stock up on tasty food and thirst-quenching drinks before you head out.
Plenty of green space, picnic benches, toilets and a children’s play area. Watch the boats coming and going, and perhaps take a walk through Goytre Hall Wood – it’s an ideal route for families with buggies.
Gilwern, bridge 105
A peaceful spot with a wooden bench and beautiful views along the Usk valley.
From the picnic tables, there’s always something to watch as the narrowboats negotiate the series of five locks at Llangynidr. Nearby there's a pub for extra refreshment.
Between Brynich lock and Brynich aqueduct you’ll find a super spot with picnic tables. Hire a day boat from Brecon and you can stop here for lunch. The towpath crosses the aqueduct so you'll get lovely views of the river Usk below.
The starting point of the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal has plenty to see and do, with a theatre, bistro, day boat hire and pretty canalside cottages. Children will enjoy the play area nearby, and the towpath is perfect for an afternoon stroll.
Discover other places to visit along the canal on our interactive map.