Newport U3As Cycling Group had a delightful September ride along the towpath of the Mon Brecon Canal. It was sunny but breezy as they started from Bettws Lane. The first stop was at the Ty Coch flight of locks between Newport and Cwmbran. These locks have been recently restored as part of a scheme drawn up and managed by the Mon Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trust. Over 200 volunteers have worked on the project over the last 4 years, many gaining skills that have helped them in their search for permanent employment.
The group had a pre-arranged tour of the site guided by Richard Dommett and Wyn Mitchell. Richard had managed the restoration scheme for the Trust. They walked around pound where barges had queued to enter the lock system. The area around it has now been laid out as a picnic area. We saw a kingfisher perched at the water’s edge. Elsewhere archaeologists have excavated an underground saw pit and the foundations of a workshop and cottage and it is hoped these will be incorporated in the next stage of development. The standard of the restoration work is impressive. Stonework has been renewed and new lock gates installed. In the interests of ease of installation and longevity, the gates were made of prefabricated metal parts which were assembled on site. Richard pioneered the design and it is hoped that it will be used by other canal restoration trusts. He showed us plans for a future phase of the development of the site. Maintaining the momentum of the current scheme is of course dependent on funding, which is sought from a range of sources. Timothy West and Prunella Scales were filmed at the site for the next series of Great Canal Journeys for Channel 4. It is hoped that this will help in maintaining interest in the potential for future development of this section of the Mon Brecon Canal.
There were a few spots of rain as the Group rode on up the canal and several inclines to overcome but the sun reappeared as they reached the Open Hearth PH. Here they enjoyed lunch on the canal side picnic tables. The effort made in reaching the Open Hearth was rewarded with a succession of downhill stretches on the return journey.
Our next monthly walk is next Saturday July 2nd starting at Fourteen Locks Centre at 10 am.
Why not join us for a leisurely 5.5 mile walk through fields, woodlands and canal towpaths to Caerleon from where we return by service bus via Newport back to the Fourteen Locks Centre for well earned cup of tea in our café.
More information at http://fourteenlocks.mbact.org.uk/index.php/monthly/monthly-walks/48-fourteen-locks-to-caerleon-2?date=2016-07-02-10-00
A fun day for the whole family, we have a pirate boat and a pirate parade plus much more bring all your friend’s and family for a fun filled day.
This years team challenge takes place on Saturday September 10th – Are you up to the challenge!
Teams of 4 (and a team manager) are invited to complete the challenge in under 12 hours which includes 6 miles canoeing, 18 miles cycling and 11 miles running/walking/hiking.
More information at http://www.mbact.org.uk/canalathon.php
To whet your appetite why not visit the dedicated facebook page https://www.facebook.com/canalathon
Tickets at £1 each are now on sale at Fourteen Locks Centre for the annual duck race on Monday 29th August 2016.
1st Prize is a weeks self catering holiday for 4 people in Torbay
2nd Prize is an afternoon self drive hire boat for 8 people from Dragonfly Dayboats at Brecon
3rd Prize is Sunday lunch for 2 people at The White Swan, Llanfrynach
Plus loads of other prizes.
At last I am in a position to tell you there will be,
A WATERWAYS FESTIVAL ON THE CRUMLIN ARM, THIS WEEKEND 18TH &19TH JULY.
Boat trips will be run by MBACT and the Islwyn Canal Association.
The Islwyn Lily will cruise from Pontywaun to Wysom’s Wharf,(Darren Bridge), and the Edith-Elizabeth will cruise from Pontywaun to the end of the Canal near Forest Drive.
HOW TO GET THERE Post Code NP11 7FQ
By train from Cardiff on the Ebbw Vale train to Crosskeys and walk 400m to Pontywaun.
By bus from Newport on No 151 or X18 to Pontywaun Bridge.
By bus from Abergavenny on No X74.
Enjoy a day out, come and see what has been done at Pontywaun, see what can be done by putting boats back on the canal, and stop for Tea at Wysom’s Wharf.
Could volunteers, crew and trainee boatmen, please contact Tony Pugh on 07970 413803
For those of you who have not seen a paper in the last 3 days I suggest you have a look at this, it even made “The Telegraph.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-28925165 the Fourteen Locks Centre has had comments from as far away as Brazil and Portugal! We might even get a mention in “Waterways World” next month.
A good day was had on Sunday at the Llangynidr Show but the rain put off the spectators for the Duck Race on Monday. Thanks to Rev. John Collier, our Chaplain, and all those who supported us buying tickets, donating prizes and helping out.
Duck race winners 2014
Ticket Duck Donated by Winners
1 573 201 Week’s self catering inTorbay for four people Rev. John Collier R & L Lark
2 1239 406 Day boat for three hours for up to 8 people Dragonfly Cruises R.Williams
3 2766 1087 Sunday lunch for two at the Coach & Horses Coach & Horses M.Jenkins
4 2512 970 Meal for two at the Dragon Inn Crickhowell Mr. & Mrs Paris Fairey
5 1112 364 Barbecue Grill R.Frances Margaret Foley
6 1620 553 Bottle Famous Grouse Whisky Mike Phillips Mrs Walford
7 1054 346 Bottle of Bordeaux Ron Shackle Allun Nutt
8 2219 829 Wine Cooler R.Frances Lee Thomas
9 1876 1876 Bottle sparkling wine Ron Shackle Mrs Morgan
10 1925 1925 Origami spider R.Frances N Jenkins
Don’t forget the Canal-a-thon on Sunday, September 14th, there will be canal side entertainment at Talybont-on-Usk and Brecon Basin.
The Annual Duck Race is upon us, MONDAY 25th AUGUST 2014, (BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY), 2pm AT LLANGYNIDR BOTTOM LOCK, OPPOSITE THE “COACH AND HORSES”.
The Trip Boat will be taking rides on Sunday and Monday between 11am and 4pm each day. MBACT will have a stand at the “Llangynidr Show” on Sunday selling tickets for The Duck Race and any volunteer who would like to help will be most welcome, we will be on the field in front of the hall, look for the Land Rover.
This is the MBACT’s one big chance during the year to raise funds so why not come out to the country for a day or both days!
See you there,
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