Historic Brecon – rivers and ramparts

Cathedral, canal, hill-fort, Honddu and Usk

Begin your visit from the Mount Street car park (the main car park in Brecon) – three Geotrails lead from here – walk along the Usk and up the Honddu rivers for waterside views or head for Pen y crug for a panoramic view from the Usk valley to the Brecon Beacons.

Stay in town for shopping and visits to the cathedral, museum, caf├ęs and shops. There are also canoeing and boating opportunities on the canal and river. A new visitor information centre – Visit Brecon – opened in Lion Yard in May 2018.

If you’ve got an hour or less:

If you’ve got half a day (2-4 hours):

  • Spend more time enjoying the exhibits at ‘y Gaer‘, Breconshire’s museum & art gallery.
  • Follow the Pen y crug or Brecon River Usk and Brecon Town Geotrails.
  • Down on the canal, take a boat trip.
  • Shopping, eating and sightseeing in Brecon.
  • Walk or cycle the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath from the theatre basin to Brynich Lock or even Talybont.

If you’ve got a full day (5-8 hours):

Did you know . . ?

. . . . that the longest canal in Wales, the ‘Mon and Breck’ celebrated its 200th birthday in 2012.