Talybont-on-Usk

A pretty village nestling below the Central Beacons between the River Usk and the Monmouthshire and
Brecon Canal.

 

Talybont on Usk from the canal

Talybont is a great place for hill walking and cycling and for gentle strolls along the canal and through the lowland countryside. It also has a good range of accommodation, excellent pubs serving food to suit all pockets. Talybont General Store is a village shop, cafe and Post Office all rolled into one, and very handily it also stocks information about things to do in the local area.

Talybont's history is closely linked to the canal which passes through the heart of the village, and to the Brinore Tramroad which links to it; an early and important transport route for coal and limestone from the coalfield valleys of south Wales. The Tramroad is a great way to explore some of the history of the local area on foot or by bike, along the valley and up in to the surrounding hills. The Taff Trail long distance walking route, from Cardiff Bay to Brecon, also passes through the village and offers a 55 mile long spectacular and varied walking experience if you're up to the challenge. 

If you want a shorter stroll though, the Henry Vaughan walk takes you around the nearby countryside introducing you to the 18th Century poet who lived nearby. You can experience improved access with new benches, stiles and way-marking and the much talked about installation of interactive swing posts that reveal excerpts from the Vaughan brothers' notable poetry.

Two miles south of the village you'll find Talybont Reservoir which provides opportunities for bird-watching, trout fishing and easy walking and a further 4 miles beyond is the mini 'waterfalls area' at Blaen y Glyn, which is a great place for a short 1 mile walk, with a spectacular waterfall halfway round. Add warm, sunny weather and it makes an ideal spot for picnics too and if you're quiet and patient you should catch sight of a small black and white bird, the Dipper, flying low above the river or perched on a rock.

The wide tracks in the Talybont Forest on the eastern side of the reservoir join up with the Brinore Tramroad and Taff Trail to give longer walks with no barriers.

More information about the village and surrounding area can be obtained from Brecon Tourist Information Centre.

www.talybontonusk.com