A £4 million project to transform the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal into an adventure hub has had the green light for EU funding.
It will celebrate the best of Valleys natural resources and heritage and serve to link up with other visitor attraction centres in the region.
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.
Through investment in infrastructure and adjacent visitor hubs, the project will help develop the economic potential of the canal as a prime location to visit, live and work generating investment and employment for local communities.
Visitors will be encouraged to take up adventure sports by making the most of the natural upland landscape and rich heritage that exists between Torfaen and Risca.
The main elements of the project are:
- 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.