A summer view of people walking along the towpath alongside moored boats on the canal at Talybont. The scene has lots of trees overhanging the canal.

The Mon and Brec Canal at Talybont-On-Usk


The Mon and Brec Canal at Talybont-On-Usk is another really picturesque location. The canal has a number of interesting features and is well worth a visit by boat or by other means. Talybont is a small village with a population of just over 700 people.


The village is about 3 and a half boat miles north west of Llangynidr, and about 2 miles south east of Pencelli. The village is on the B4558 road six miles south east of Brecon and eight miles north west of Crickhowell.

The Canal

Bridge 144 - Talybont Drawbridge across the canal with the road barriers up
Bridge 144 – Talybont Drawbridge

The canal twists and turns through the village and passes on a small aquaduct over the Caerfanell river. This river is the overflow from the large Talybont reservoir further up the side valley. The reservoir is one of the main water sources for Newport. The canal also has an interesting lift bridge over the canal for one of the side roads.

Local Facilities

The village has a shop and cafe, and 3 pubs – the Traveller’s Rest, The White Hart and the Star Inn. It also has a number of B&Bs.

The pubs are all well worth a visit and are located close to the canal.

You can also hire bicycles from Bikes and Hikes which is right next to the shop and cafe.

Looking down on the canal passing above Talybont village with dark brooding skies above. Two people are walking along the towpath.
The canal above Talybont village