26. A stroll along the Brinore Tramroad from Talybont-on-Usk
This 12km tramroad once linked the limestone quarries near Tredegar to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Talybont-on-Usk. The route also shares part of its route with the Henry Vaughan Walk and the Taff Trail.
The route begins with a short, but steep climb over a canal bridge. The route is linear (and uphill from Talybont-on-Usk), but it is possible to return to the village on the minor road on the west side of the Talybont Reservoir and add some loops via forestry tracks. The surface is either stony or compacted earth although it can be bumpy where there are lots of the exposed stone sleepers on the surface. There is a tram reconstruction and interpretation panel along the route. More information is available in the ‘Walks and Rides along the Brinore Tramroad’ booklet.
How to get there: Talybont-on-Usk is just off the A40 between Crickhowell and Brecon. The Brinore Tramroad starts (or ends) behind the White Hart Inn in Talybont-on-Usk. Head over the steep, but short canal bridge and follow the route gently uphill out of the village.
Nearest town or village: Talybont-on-Usk.
OS Grid Reference: Explorer Maps OL 12 & OL13 or Landranger Map 160 SO 115 225.
Distance: The route has a few gates, but is barrier-free for at least 5km.
Facilities: There is a shop and Post Office and several pubs in Talybont-on-Usk.
Parking: Roadside parking in Talybont-on-Usk is limited. There is a car park at the village hall (Henderson Hall) and near the Talybont Reservoir.
Toilets: Basic public toilets are located next to the White Hart Inn in Talybont-on-Usk. The nearest disabled access toilets are at Llansantffraed lay-by on the A40.