Base 58 is on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park. This 36 mile canal follows the River Usk, and makes for a very leisurely and relaxing canal holiday.
Base 58 is run by one of the best boat operators in the UK, with a friendly, professional service and an excellent reputation for the standard of its boats and service. Boats on the Mon and Brec are available for short breaks or one week.
Routes from this base
Short Break routes
Llangynidr and Return: 0 or 2 locks 14 hours
You can choose a leisurely lock free cruise with fine views along the valley and by turning below the lock at Llangynidr village, or if you want the experience of locking the
boat, you can turn just above the first lock.
Talybont-on-Usk and Return: 10 locks 21 hours
This trip takes you further up the canal climbing 5 locks and passing through the Ashford Tunnel to the village of Talybont-on-Usk where you can still see the wharf with its lime kilns and the old tram road up the side of the mountain.
One Week route
Full Canal: 72 miles 12 locks 28 hours
The canal meanders and threads its way through the countryside with a remarkable diversity of scenery. The canal passes close to Abergavenny, often referred to as the gateway to Wales, Crickhowell with its 13 arch bridge, Talybont -on- Usk with its four-mile long reservoir, and a number of other delightful villages before reaching the interesting market town of Brecon.
Pontymoile at one end of the canal was once a place thriving with activity with its warehouses and neighbouring industry and is now a convenient mooring place for Pontypool Leisure Centre with its swimming pool and dry ski slope.