Photo: Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Squires Bridge 56 by Phil Sharpe
(un-restored parts – 20 miles, Canal mostly owned by Canal & River Trust and local authorities)
The un-restored portion of the Monmouthshire Canal (9 miles), and its Crumlin Arm (11 miles) is more urban and heavily locked, but would provide a coastal access route as well as increasing the length of ‘Monmouth & Brecon Canal’ to make it an even more viable waterway holiday destination. Torfaen and Newport Councils and the Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust are working with Canal & River Trust to complete the restoration of the main line through to a proposed new connection with the river Usk near the M4 motorway. The local authorities along the line of the Crumlin Arm now favour full restoration and regular WRG Canal Camps and other work parties are moving work forwards. The Islwyn Canal Association, formed in 2002, is also active along the Crumlin Arm.