Plan a trip
Opening hoursOur electric boats are available for hire from 1 April to 29 October 2020.
Call us on 01873 858277 and make a booking in advance so you're guaranteed a boat at your preferred time. All we need is your name, telephone number and payment details. We'll ask you to arrive at our wharf in Llangattock 5-10 minutes before your booking starts. At the gates, please phone for access and parking instructions.
During standard price periods we are open every day, 10am - 5pm. During saver price periods we are open 5 days a week, 10am - 5pm, including every Saturday and Sunday. The two days that we close vary from week to week as we try to choose the sunniest days to be open! Please phone to check before travelling.
For full day please make sure you plan your journey time carefully and decide where you're going to have lunch/snacks.
Full day (10am - 5pm)
There's a map on board our day boats so you'll always know where you are, and all of the bridges on the canal are numbered for easy reference.
Heading North from our base the limit of navigation is at the first lock - bridge 133 - at Llangynidr. There's a pub here, The Coach and Horses, which is a five minute stroll from the towpath. They offer food every day, have a beer garden and children's play area in the warmer months and a cosy bar for cooler days.
Heading South from our base the limit of navigation is Govilon - bridge 98 - where you can stroll into the village - there are steep steps with a rail here - to the village pub The Tarfan y Bont which offers food and has a beer garden and billiard room.
In either direction you can moor up on the towpath side of the canal at any point where you are not causing an obstruction, other than those places signed as private moorings. So if you prefer to take a picnic there are some lovely spots along the canal to just pull over and enjoy the scenery.
You will be given instructions on how to turn the boat and this can be done at any point along the canal, you do not have to reach a specific spot at which to turn. Wherever you are half way through your day you need to be turning around to head back to our base at Llangattock, it's as simple as that.
Getting hereFollow the A40 to Crickhowell, then follow signs for Llangattock. Once you have crossed over the river Usk, turn left and immediately right. Stay on this road as it goes up hill towards the canal. Do not take the right turning signposted Beaufort. Go slowly over the stone canal bridge and take the next left into our private wharf. At the gates, please phone for access and parking instructions.
Learning the ropesBefore you start your cruise, you'll watch a 5-minute information film which tells you everything you need to know about taking one of our boats on the canal. Next you'll be given your life jacket: we offer life jackets to everyone, and non-swimmers and under-16 year olds are required to wear one. Then it's into the boat and a member of staff will run through the controls so you can have a safe, enjoyable trip on the canal. And in case you need a reminder later on in the day, you'll find in your boat some laminated sheets to help you - foolproof instructions, a map and our telephone number!
PaymentPlease have your credit/debit card ready so you can pay when you call us to make your booking. We also ask that you leave your car keys with us while cruising. We will keep them locked away safely until you return.
PicnicsYou can moor up for a picnic virtually anywhere on the towpath side of the canal. There are several places to purchase sandwiches and drinks in nearby Crickhowell so you might like to stop off there first.
Places to eat
Heading North from our base at Llangattock there is The Old Rectory pub about half an hour from our base and there is The Coach and Horses pub at Llangynidr, about two and a half hours from our base.
Heading South from our base at Llangattock there is The Bridge End inn at Gilwern, The Village Fish Bar at Gilwern and further south at Govilon, The Tarfan y Bont pub.
There are some lovely cafes and a deli in Crickhowell if you prefer to create your own picnic to take with you.
Things to take with you
Some of these things might seem really obvious but we know people who've forgotten them!
- Flask of tea/coffee, bottled water, cakes and snacks
- Warm clothing and waterproofs, in case it turns cold or wet
- Sensible footwear
- Sun cream and hats
- Cushions for anyone who wants a softer seat
- Money, if you intend stopping at one of the canalside pubs
ToiletsYou will be given a Canal & River Trust key which gives you access to the toilet blocks at
Govilon (between bridges 96 and 97)
Gilwern (between bridges 103 and 104)
Llangattock (between bridges 115 and 116)
Llangynidr (between bridges 133 and 134)
There are public toilets in nearby Crickhowell, and you may also wish to combine your trip with a visit to a canalside pub.
Terms and conditions of hire
Here are our detailed terms & conditions of hire.