Exploring Brecon Canal

This bank holiday weekend I took the liberty of exploring Brecon Beacons once again, looking for a good spot to try out SUP again. I went for the first time in the UK down in Pembrokeshire and .. it was quite a difficult place to learn for a beginner! In contrast, the calm waters of the Brecon Canal in Brecon Beacons were great and ultimately a totally relaxing way to spend the morning.

So, here are the details of my little trip – and you can watch our reel on instagram here.

Where to get in: Gilwern Wharf Car Park (opens 8am-8pm in the summer) is a 22 minute drive from our cottage, and you will find just down the road google maps directs you to is a nice large car park with enough space for quite a few cars. Directly opposite the car park, is where you can pop your paddle board and climb onto it (I recommend tying it to the metal loops so it doesn’t drift away too far).

What you need: You need a buoyancy aid! You also need a license to be on the river and you can get this from https://members.britishcanoeing.org.uk/waterways-licence/ and this is about 45 quid for a long term license, or if you do not plan to do it again or often it is a cheaper fee.

SUP Hire: You may hire a paddle board from a multitude of companies and unfortunately I cannot recommend any in particular as I own my own board. However, I can tell you it’s between 25-30 GBP per person to hire one.

A view from a walker’s perspective

The other more popular spot to get on the water in the area is Pontiscill Reservoir. Both these areas are fantastic for walking the dog or taking the family too, so, you could explore the area first before deciding if paddling or canoeing will be an exciting way to experience it too! Check out our guide to see what else to do in the area if you do go this way!

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