Cardiff Bay Cardiff Bay Sophia Gardens Sophia Gardens Hailey Park Tongwynlais Tongwynlais Taffs Well Treforest Abercynon Abercynon Quakers Yard Pont y Gwaith Aberfan Abercanaid Garwnant Brecon
Taffs Well
Hailey Park Tongwynlais
Quakers Yard Pont y Gwaith
Taffs Well
Hailey Park Pontypridd Pontypridd Cilfynydd
Sophia Gardens
Cefn Coed Viaduct
Pentrebach Merthyr Tydfil
Castell Coch Nantgarw
Talybont Reservoir Talybont on Usk
Cilfynydd Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir
Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir


From Talybont Reservoir to Brecon

(approx 7.4 miles 12km)

Down hill from the reservoir is a junction. Turn left for Brecon. Alternatively continue to Talybont-on Usk which is approximately half a mile away from the Cycle Route, but usually well worth a visit for refreshments and a rest.

Turn left at the Celtic Cross war memorial then left again at Pencelli into some very narrow lanes (with passing places) to the pretty village of Llanfrynach. Back onto the B4558 to a narrow bridge over the River Usk then turn left onto the canal towpath.

If you've got used to the National Cycle Route No 8 signs, you could miss this one since Route 8 does not turn into Brecon, but goes under the A40 bridge turning right at the next Junction to continue its northern route.

This is one section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal which permits cycling along the double width towpath, except at bridges. (You may just be able to see "Cyclists Dismount" signs poking out of the vegetation by the bridges, but then maybe not!) Turn left at the point where the towpath narrows (no sign for cyclists) then follow a roadway running parallel to the canal through to the canal basin and theatre.


Brecon is the northern end of the Taff Trail.

Sustrans National Cycle Route No 8 separates from the Taff Trail just east of Brecon to continue its northbound route. The "Taff Trail" entering Brecon is therefore not a part of the main route 8.

The Taff Trail starts in the area near the theatre and the canal basin, both of which have been constructed recently. It is now a very attractive area.

The Monmouth and Brecon Canal prohibits cycling on the towpath since most of it is rather narrow (especially by the bridges) and a large number of cyclists along with walkers and fishermen will cause a hazard to all. There is an exception, however, on the way out from Brecon where the towpath has been widened to double width. This is because it would be difficult to create another route in this narrow corridor.

The Trail sets out to the rear of the Theatre, then going along a road parallel to the canal for approximately 1 km before joining the canal.

The Canal Basin in Brecon

Brecon Post
Brecon Post
Brecon Theatre
Brecon Theatre
Canal Basin
Brecon Canal Basin
Sign Post
Brecon Sign Post

Stay in Brecon

If travelling to Brecon from further afield, you should stay awhile. The town centre has many interesting (independant) shops and there's lots to do both in the town and in the Brecon Beacons.

If staying the following links may be useful:
Brecon Beacons
Brecon Town

Railway Stations:
Llandovery (19 miles)
Abergavenny (21 miles - Usk Valley)

Llanfrynach Church
Llanfrynach Church

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Dragonfly Brecon Canal Cruises
Dragonfly Cruises

Bi-ped Cycles, The Old Kings Arms Vaults
Brecon 01874 622296

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