The Welsh Government has just announced the launch of a £4 million project to transform the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal into an adventure hub, having been given the green light for EU funding. Tourism Minister, Lord Elis-Thomas visited Pontymoile canal basin, Pontypool to meet with project partners and see the plans for the area.
The Joint project between Caerphilly County Borough Council; Torfaen County Borough Council and Glandwr Cymru - Canal and River Trust in Wales, is part of a wider Welsh Government EU funded Tourism Attractor Destination programme, led by Visit Wales, which aims to create 11 must see destinations across Wales. The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Adventure Triangle project aims to develop outdoor recreation, tourism and leisure activity along the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal in Torfaen and Caerphilly and connecting upland area of Mynydd Maen. The main elements of the project are as follows:
the construction of a Visitor Activity Centre at Pontymoile canal basin in Pontypool,
infrastructure to enhance access to a new canal basin development at South Sebastopol,
restoration of the canal in Cwmbran and along the canal corridor.
increasing the navigable length of canal to form a working heritage attraction,
providing additional visitor accommodation (glamping) and adventure hub at Cwmcarn Forest. This will link with new car parking and improved walking and cycling routes from the canal into the wider landscape.
Tourism Minister, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Projects such this one are at the heart of our ambition to help Valleys communities celebrate and make the most of their natural resources and heritage. Our aim through the Tourism Attractor Destination programme is to focus efforts and investment on key projects in each region so we have a real impact on Wales’ profile in this globally competitive market. This development will give people compelling reasons to visit the area and I look forward to plans which I have seen coming to fruition.”