Welcome to Part 2 of Day 1 of our walk from Brecon to Crickhowell along the towpath of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
This canal showed us things we hadn’t seen before on our towpath travels; we saw mountains, limekilns, tunnels and aqueducts all on the same canal, all of which you will see in this section of the walk.
One of the striking things about this canal is how high up it is. You expect a canal to be quite low down in terms of its elevation above sea level so the water can follow the easiest course. But quite often Harriet and I would look around us and see that we were on a towpath halfway up a hill.
Let hop back to where we finished Part 1, walking into Talybont-on-Usk. This beautiful village benefits from having the River Usk and the canal running through it. There was a choice of pub here; we headed for The White Hart with its beer garden seating actually on the towpath. There was an aqueduct as the canal passes back over the river.
Coming out of the town, we passed some old lime kilns; there used to be an old tram-road here and limestone would be tipped into the kilns from above. The resulting lime would be transported by barge along the canal.
Carrying on, it wasn’t too long before we arrived at the Ashford tunnel. Although this is just a short passage through the hillside, it is not passable by foot which meant we had to make our way over the tunnel through a field.
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