Recently we had a great time on a boat trip on the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. Dragonfly Cruises has a narrow boat moored at the canal basin in Brecon on which they do daily boat trips along the canal. Seating up to 50 people it has a bar, loo and is totally covered so that you can enjoy the views whatever the weather.
This year they have added to their fleet with two smaller boats that seat up to 8 people and which you steer yourselves. After simple instructions at the canal basin you are left to your own devices to head out of Brecon along the canal. Our party shared the navigating and some of us walked along the tow path to get a bit of exercise whilst others sat back and enjoyed the scenery on the boat trip. There is plenty of room for 8 to sit comfortably plus space for any refreshments you may bring with you and if the weather is not brilliant there is a full cover to shelter you.
The canal celebrated its 200 year birthday in 2012 and it is a real pleasure to travel on this historical waterway and imagine the engineering involved to create it. The canal runs parallel with the River Usk and just after Brynich Loch there are fabulous views of the canal passing over the river via an aqueduct. The scenery is fabulous and wildlife abundant and the views up to the Brecon Beacons are beautiful.
We moored up by Brynich Loch and made the short journey up the hill for lunch at The Three Horseshoes in Groessfordd which was delicious. Alternatively you could take a picnic or have lunch at the Tiffin and Tipple at the canal basin. Children will love the excitement of being in a boat and even better if they are old enough to have a go at steering.