The Old Lock House
Tel 01874 730850
Directions to Country Craft Narrowboats
From Brecon take the A40 towards Abergavenny, just after Bwlch turn right onto the B4560 towards Llangynidr. Proceed over the river bridge then at the T junction turn right onto the B4558 signposted to Talybont on Usk. Continue on this road passing the ‘Coach & Horses’ on the left, over canal and then follow the road to the left. Take the next turn left and immediately on your left is the entrance to Country Craft Narrowboats.
From Abergavenny take the A40 towards Brecon, through Crickhowell and approximately 5 miles out of Crickhowell turn left onto the B4560 towards Llangynidr. Proceed over the river bridge then at the T junction turn right onto the B4558 signposted to Talybont on Usk. Continue on this road passing the ‘Coach & Horses’ on the left, over canal and then follow the road to the left. Take the next turn left and immediately on your left is the entrance to Country Craft Narrowboats.
Country Craft lock – Lock 65
Country Craft bridge (North side) – Bridge 134
Coach & Horses bridge (South side) – Bridge 133
7 hours/one way (1 to 1½ days)
14 hours/there & back (2 to 2½ days)
3 days leisurely with plenty of stops
14 hours/one way (2 to 2½ days)
28 hours/there & back (4 ½ to 5 days)
6 days leisurely with plenty of stops
Llangynidr to Brecon – North (Up)
This trip takes in 4 locks, the Ashford tunnel and the Aqueduct.
Travelling slightly over 10 miles from Llangynidr to Brecon takes about 7 hours, taking into account the tunnel and the locks, depending on how long you wish to travel per day the trip to Brecon and back can be travelled easily in 2-2½ days or leisurely, with stops, in 3 days. There are pubs and a couple of small village shops within easy walking distance of the canal but do come fairly well stocked for at least 2 days. You should reach Brecon the day after you start or, if you are really taking your time, the next day.
Llangynidr to Five Locks – South (Down)
Only 2 locks and lots of leisurely cruising.
Cruising the 25.54 miles to Five Locks takes approximately 14 hours and travelling to Five Locks and back trip can be completed easily in 4½ to 5 days, or 6 days allowing for plenty of stops along the way. There are three small market towns on the way (although these each involve a 20 – 30 minute walk) there are small village shops but again, stock up for at least a few days if not longer as some of the shops do have a limited range of items.
Distances to towns and villages from the canal
As well as all the bed linen, usual cutlery, crockery and kitchen utensils there are the following items on board
The fridge is a full size under counter type and we try to remember to put it on before you arrive so it is already down to temperature. We don’t advise that you drink the water on board without boiling it first, it is mains water but if it stands for long the chlorine dissipates so if you require cold drinks you can either boil the water and leave it to cool or bring bottled. Tea, coffee etc. is fine of course.
Bring some warm clothes as it can sometimes be surprisingly cool on the canal in the evenings and early morning. There will be one set of wet weather gear on board for the skipper but some of the packable macs for the other members of the crew would be useful, and they don’t take up much space. Lace up shoes, or trainers with a good grip are advisable. There are 12v car type (as well as 204v household type) sockets on board so you can charge your mobiles etc. The TV reception is very poor along most of the canal but the TV is also a DVD player so bring films if you wish.
Please remember to bring your John Norris guide to the canal which you should receive with your booking confirmation.