From here we just had to pass under the M4 motorway to reach Malpas Junction where the Crumlin Arm joins the main line and then follow the canal around through the city suburbs until it joined the river Usk. The stretch up to the M4 was rife with waterbirds including swans with their cygnets and a heron. A very aggressive male swan had clearly just become a father.
Just before the busy M4 the canal passed over an aqueduct with a small stream below. The noise of the road was loud, and it was an interesting experience to be underneath something we’d driven over so many times. At this particular point the canal passed over a river with the motorway passing overhead.
Out on the other side the canal was carpeted green with duckweed and algae; we followed it around until we reached the main road which we needed to cross.
After this the canal narrowed into a small channel as it cut through Shaftesbury Park to finally reach the river Usk. We finished our walk in the beautiful sunshine and, feeling very pleased with ourselves, made our way to the nearest pub.
We had completed the main line of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal after 3 days walking. We both decided over a drink that evening that neither of us would be able to sleep at night if we didn’t complete the Crumlin arm as well, a branch of the canal that joined the main line at Malpas junction near the end of this walk. We made our plans that night and set out the next day for what would be the final day walking the Mon & Brec.
Thanks for reading as always. If you’ve only just joined us for this adventure make sure you catch up on anything you’ve missed below. In chronological order…
- Brecon to Crickhowell, Part 1
- Brecon to Crickhowell, Part 2
- Crickhowell to Pontypool, Part 1
- Crickhowell to Pontypool, Part 2
We hope to be posting more soon but unfortunately things are very busy at the moment. Hope you enjoyed this one. More to come soon.
Adam & Harriet