|View into Brecon canal basin under bridge 167|
Brecon town centre is smaller than I expected it to be. There were quite a
Brecon Castle and got a good view of the outside. It is now a luxury hotel. The town is made up of lots of little streets, many of which have Georgian and Jacobean shop fronts and an interesting array of shops. As well as a choice of outdoorsy shops, there are also several dedicated to classy homewares and decor, antique dealers, an extensive vintage bookshop and a smattering of High Street names. We walked through the little undercover market and admired the exterior of the Brecknock Museum. Unfortunately it appeared to have closed down so we couldn't see inside.
Lunchtime allowed us discover another pretty little cafe, the Bijou Deli on
|Niloc Semaj will live by the canal!|
After lunch we stashed a few bits of shopping in the car and decided to
Monmouthshire And Brecon Canal which dates from the 1790s. The towpath is now a popular cycle route as well as being used by walkers and joggers so, at times, it felt even busier than the centre of Brecon. I had caught a glimpse of this pony sculpture from the car as the road goes alongside the canal for a little way. Made from wood, it commemorates the tramway which used to run from the canal at Brecon to Hay On Wye and was at one time the longest tramroad in the world. Other wooden art along the first couple of miles of canal include several benches with metal bars and rings that look as though they were created from pieces of dismantled locks. We also liked this map bench which shows the entire length of the canal.
|Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal bench|