Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk
Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk

Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk

Brecon Beacons National Park
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Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk

Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk

Distance: 4.9mi
Elevation: 932ft
Time: 2-3h

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The Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk is a beautifully scenic route in Brecon Beacons National Park that will expose you to the natural beauty of the Welsh countryside. While out on the trail, you will walk along the serene Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, before climbing uphill for some beautiful views overlooking the River Usk and the Talybont Reservoir. This is a fantastic adventure if you are simply looking to get outside for some lovely natural views without the challenge of a longer or harder trail.

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Getting there

The trailhead for the Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk can be found at the White Hart car park off B4558.

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Older Children only

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Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk Description:

Although the Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk is a fairly laid back experience, there are a few sections of the trail where the path may be a bit overgrown depending on the season. Be sure to wear long trousers and proper walking boots to better traverse this terrain. Additionally, you should arrive early to the trailhead, as parking will be limited. Lastly, you will be making your way through some fields, so keep your dog on a lead at all times to avoid interactions with any livestock that may be present.

If you are looking to experience the scenic views of several different waterways within Brecon Beacons National Park, then the Talybont-on Usk Circular Walk is a great route to do so. In addition to the sweeping views across the charming Welsh countryside, you will have a great sightline overlooking the River Usk and Talybont Reservoir, which only add to the natural beauty of the area. This is an excellent walking route for both casual and experienced walkers alike.

Setting out from the car park, you will make your way south along the road for a few paces, before picking up the trail that runs east, parallel to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Following this path to the southeast for the next 1.89mi, you will be able to relax along the water’s edge and take in the natural beauty of your surroundings, before arriving at a junction in the trail.

Turn left here and pass through the gate, continuing on until you arrive at the edge of the bridge that spans the canal. After making your way across the bridge, you will pick up the footpath branching off to the left and follow it for the next 0.99mi, traversing the undulating countryside while taking in the views of the River Usk to the east. Eventually, you will meet up with a road and follow it to the right for a short distance, picking up the path on the left near a cattle grid.

From here, you will descend the forested hillside towards the Talybont Reservoir, making a sharp right onto the Brinore Tramroad in order to follow it north through the forest. Take some time to appreciate the tranquil woodland setting and intermittent fields over the next 1.58mi, as you work your way north along the hillside to arrive back at the trailhead where you began the Talybont-on-Usk Circular Walk.

Trail Highlights

Talybont Reservoir

Located within the central Brecon Beacons, the Talybont Reservoir is the largest stillwater reservoir in the region and has an area of 318 acres. It was constructed by the Newport Construction Company between 1931 and 1939, and supplies the nearby town of Newport with its water. The reservoir was recently modernized in 2019, receiving internal and structural upgrades that amounted to £10 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you paddle on the Talybont Reservoir?

Whether you have your own watercraft or feel like renting one, you can paddle on the Talybont Reservoir; however, you will need to have the appropriate permits.

Is fishing permitted in the Talybont Reservoir?

Yes, anglers can purchase daily fishing permits for the Talybont Reservoir, which is stocked with brown trout.

Insider Hints

  • Wear Proper walking boots, as this route features a mixture of paved paths and fields.

  • The White Hart and The Star Inn are both great places near the trailhead for pre/post-walk drinks.

  • Keep your dog in a lead to avoid interactions with livestock.



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