Plan a trip
Opening hoursWe open for the 2017 season on Saturday 1 April, and are taking bookings now.
During standard price periods we are open every day, 9am - 5pm. During saver price periods we are open 5 days a week, 9am - 5pm, including every Saturday and Sunday. The two days that we close vary from week to week as try to choose the sunniest days to be open! Please phone to check before travelling. Our last hire day, before we close for the winter, is 5 November 2017.
Call us on 0800 612 2890 or 07966 461819 and make a booking in advance so you're guaranteed a boat at your preferred time. All we need to make a booking is your name and telephone number. We'll ask you to arrive at the Canal Basin in Brecon 5-10 minutes before your hire period starts.
For full day and half day trips, make sure you plan your journey time carefully and decide where you're going to have lunch/snacks.
Full day (10am - 5pm)
In a well-planned full day's cruise you can complete a 14-mile round trip to Talybont-on-Usk. It'll be an eventful 7 hours: go through a lock (or around it, if in a canoe), cross the Brynich aqueduct (with the river Usk 25' below) and pass under five lift bridges, with time for a quick bite to eat onboard. For a slower-paced day with time for a leisurely lunch, make Pencelli your destination, where you'll find plenty of pretty places to picnic and The Royal Oak pub. This slightly shorter 10-mile round trip still includes a lock, the Brynich aqueduct and a lift bridge.
Half day (10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm)
A leisurely lock-free 5 mile round trip to Brynich. After about 2½ miles cruising, moor up before the lock and take a gentle stroll. Walk past the lock and across the historic aqueduct over the river Usk, before turning around and heading back. Pack a flask and enjoy mid-morning coffee or afternoon tea when you reach the aqueduct, which offers spectacular views of the river.
By the hour (anytime between 10am and 5pm)
Cruise gently for an hour or two along the first few lock-free miles. It takes approximately an hour to reach Brynich. You'll see some fantastic mountain views and spot plenty of fish in the clear waters.
Getting hereOnce in Brecon follow the brown tourism signs to the Canal Basin. We're located in the old toll house, a tall white stone building at the terminus of the canal; you'll see our boats moored nearby.
If travelling by car, there's a Pay & Display car park at the Canal Basin, next to Theatr Brycheiniog. If travelling by bus, the bus interchange at Heol Gouesnou, Brecon is less than 10 minutes walk away.
Learning the ropesBefore you take one of our boats out on the canal 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 lifejacket: canoeists of any age are required to wear a life jacket; if you're hiring an electric day boat, each member of your party will be offered a lifejacket 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!
PaymentFull payment, in cash, is taken on arrival, along with a deposit (such as your car keys) which we keep safely locked away until you return.
PicnicsYou can moor up for a picnic virtually anywhere on the towpath side of the canal. Make it even easier for yourselves by ordering a picnic from Bijou, a delightful little café that‘s just around the corner. You can collect it just before you set off, and return the picnic basket to them afterwards.
Places to eat
The pubs along this stretch of the canal offer food at various times on various days so it's important to ring and check exactly what's available and when. Nothing worse than mooring up to discover, for example, that your lunch stop isn't open on a Wednesday!
Approx. 1 hour from Brecon After 40 minutes cruising, moor up just before Brynich Lock. The Three Horseshoes in Groesffordd is a 10 minute walk away. From the lock turn left under the flyover signposted for Llanfrynach. Walk uphill for approximately 1/4 mile to Groesffordd village and the Three Horseshoes is opposite the village bus-stop. Call 01874 665672 to check current opening days/times before travelling.
Approx. 2 hours from Brecon Moor up right outside The Royal Oak in Pencelli. Call 01874 665396 to check current opening days/times before travelling.
Note, these times assume you get away promptly from Brecon and you do not have to queue at the locks.
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 pubs en route
ToiletsThere are public toilets at Brecon - inside Theatr Brycheiniog, the arts centre at the terminus of the Mon & Brec. If you reach Talybont - a stretch even on a full day's hire - you'll find public toilets in the bottom corner of The White Hart public house car park. Alternatively, you may wish to combine your stop with a drink at a canalside pub.
Terms and conditions of hire
Here are our detailed terms & conditions of hire.