The restoration of the canal to navigation from its current terminus at Five Locks Cwmbran, to Newport, and form Newport to Cwmcarn is a priority for the Trust. Working with its partners, considerable progress has been made over the years, and with your help will continue to be made.

The Trust's vision is a fully restored and well maintained canal running from Brecon to a new marina terminus at Crindau, Newport; from there branching north west to a restored and working Fourteen Locks flight, to a new marina terminus at Cwmcarn.

Our vision not only includes boating opportunities for our community, but also includes a canal that is ecologically rich with plants and wildlife, is a historical asset, has a superb cycle and walking trail alongside it, and is a successful fishing resource. We are enthusiastic about the contribution that it can make to the health and well-being of our community and to the local economy by proving jobs based on tourism.

Cruising Maps of the Monmouth & Brecon Canal, including Restoration Sections



Our Luke is a Film Star!

Luke, one of our Trainees at the Ty Coch lock restoration project now features in a YouTube video "Lotto Young Heroes Changing Lives".

The video is produced by the National Lottery to inform on how Lottery grants are being successfully used to change young peoples lives for the better in Wales. We wish Luke well in his new film career!

Unlocking Ty Coch - a community restoration project


WaterWorks - A Training and Volunteering Lottery Bid for Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Work has started on the restoration of the Ty Coch Flight of locks. Our Trust is working on the project in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council and we are now looking for volunteers to help in a wide range of roles.

Further information can be found HERE

and also here ... facebook

Fourteen Locks - Education through restoration project

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As a direct result of a successful partnership between Newport City Council and The Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust (MBACT) over a million pounds of funding has been secured from The Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies for the restoration of two pairs of locks on the Cefn Flight of Fourteen Locks.

Follow the work in progress through ‘The ETR’ Project and take advantage of exciting learning opportunities as Locks 17 - 20 are restored HERE

Crindau Marina

A fully restored canal needs an attractive southern terminus to act as a destination not only for boaters but for tourist also. A vibrant attractive marina with shops, restaurants, offices and apartments, linked to the river Usk will also act as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the Crindau area of Newport and provide a unique facility in the heart of the City.


In order to realise the vision the enthusiastic commitment of Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited is crucial, as is the financial support of the Welsh Government. As this project will take many years to come to fruition, as design work and ecological studies have to be completed, we believe that preparatory work should be started now running alongside the ongoing primary objective of the Council of securing a new shopping centre for the City. We see them as complimentary attractions for the City.

To see a 3D fly-through vision of what could look like, click HERE.