Fourteen Locks Circular Walk Partially Closed

MBACT canalside walks started 2017

The Fourteen Locks Circular Walk is a 5km / 3.1mile circular walk down the Fourteen Lock flight and around the Ynys-y-fro Reservoirs. The route is set out and managed by Newport City Council. Unfortunately part of the walk has been closed by the Council and it not possible to start the walk at Fourteen Locks and return via the northern route. Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, and our Trust is not … Read more

The Canal and Countryside Volunteer Group

MBACT Volunteers at Allt-yr-yn Nature Reserve

The Canal and Countryside Volunteer Group is a joint partnership between our Trust based at Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, and Newport City Council. The Group was set up with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has proven to be a great success. The Group meets every Thursday, from 10am till 3.30pm. Work is done either around the Fourteen Locks flight of locks on the Crumlin Branch of the … Read more

Torfaen Canal Co-ordinator Post Re-advertised

Restoration work at Ty Coch

Following on from previous posts on this website on Torfaen Country Borough Council’s intention to appoint a Canal Officer we note that the post has been unfilled, and that the post has been re-advertised this morning. This is a important post supporting and driving forward MBACT and Torfaen Council’s strategic restoration vision for the Mon & Brec Canal within the Council’s area. We would encourage suitably qualified candidates to consider applying. … Read more

Vacancy for Fourteen Locks Canal Centre Manager

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

This is a unique opportunity to manage a popular visitor attraction based in High Cross, Cwm Lane, Newport, Gwent. The Centre Manager has day-to-day management responsibility for the running of the Centre, and is supported by a Deputy Manager and an enthusiastic and dedicated Volunteer Team. The Centre functions as an information-hub for the Cefn Flight of Locks and the Mon & Brec Canal as a whole. It also has … Read more

Upgrade of Talybont-on-Usk Drawbridge

Talybont Drawbridge

The drawbridge at Talybont-on-Usk is one of our canal’s iconic features. You may have seen that recently the bridge was closed for 3 days for resurfacing. The bridge, which is owned and operated by the Canal and River Trust (CRT), is a landmark in Talybont and provides access to a number of houses, farms and onwards to Talybont reservoir. It has had a poor reputation in the past for reliability … Read more

Appointment of Torfaen Council’s Canal Officer Advertised Externally

Restoration work at Ty Coch

Subsequent to our news posts at the beginning of March 2021 and on May 5th 2021 –Torfaen Council to appoint Canal Officer to Secure Restoration and Appointment of Torfaen Council’s Canal Officer Moves Forward. We note that the new post is now advertised externally. More information here – Canal Co-ordinator – Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Public Protection The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 27th May 2021.

Canal and River Trust puts Junction House, Pontymoile, up for Sale

Junction House Pontymoile

MBACT is extremely concerned that CRT (Glandŵr Cymru (the Canal and River Trust in Wales)) have placed Junction House at Pontymoile Basin, Pontypool, on the market. Junction House is a Grade II Listed Building, located within the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Conservation Area. The property was built as a Toll House at the junction of the Monmouthshire Canal and the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal, made necessary here because of the … Read more

Appointment of Torfaen Council’s Canal Officer Moves Forward

Five Locks derelict lock

Subsequent to our news post at the beginning of March 2021 –Torfaen Council to appoint Canal Officer to Secure Restoration we are pleased to report that Torfaen County Borough Council have started the recruitment process by advertising for Internal Council candidates. More information here – Canal Co-ordinator – Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Public Protection We look forward to working with the new Canal Co-ordinator when appointed to secure our joint … Read more

Current Water Shortage Issues on the Mon&Brec Canal in Caerphilly, Newport and Torfaen.

Dry canal north of the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

The severe water shortage on both the Main Line and Crumlin Arm on the Mon & Brec canal in Torfaen County Borough Council and Newport City Council areas, has been reported by many concerned residents. Our Trust has also been very concerned. As the Councils are the owners of the canal within their respective areas, we have spoken to officers at each Council regarding the issue, and discussed what remedial … Read more

Our new Chairman Rev. John Collier takes the Helm!

Rev. John Collier

I would like to introduce myself and outline how I see the work of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust (MBACT) going forward. I was born in Griffithstown, so the canal was a huge part of my growing up, not least my daily walk to school was along the canal towpath. As with all youngsters falling in was also an occasional hazard !! Roll on the years and I … Read more

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