Today hubby asked if I would like to walk along the canal that he rode along yesterday. He was keen that I took my camera as he thought there were some good photo opportunities. It’s been quite a bright day and reasonably warm so I agreed to go for the walk – I could do with the exercise!
We started where he ended his bike ride yesterday – (read more about that here). The canal is part of the Monmouthshire / Brecon canal and stretches from Rogerstone to where we joined it at Malpas and on to Cwmbran, Pontypool and Brecon.
We parked the car and with him and camera in tow we headed from Bettws Lane towards Cwmbran. This stretch is no longer used for boating and is very pretty – although it is spoilt somewhat by litter – there are lots of ducks with chicks in tow, moorhens and swans. The towpath is used by cyclists, joggers and walkers. There is one patch that we passed that had lots of red duckweed over the surface. The ducks swimming along seemed to be leaving vapour trails. There was also a female duck trying to rustle up her chicks – it made me giggle watching them.
There are of course lots of bridges over the canal and each one has an over and an under path. The under path was for the horses that pulled the barges and the over path for people. The locks along the canal are very deep and you wouldn’t want your kiddies to be running too far ahead or walking too close to the edge.
Just past the bridge above there was a great opportunity to snap some reflections. This one is my favourite and will be my #project366 photo for today.
We walked for about an hour and reached a road that passed over the canal. We decided that we would turn around at this point.
The walk bought back happy memories of my childhood. Most school holidays were spent walking along this stretch and also in the opposite direction to Rogerstone. I’m sure my mum and Nan used to worry about us as we were probably gone for hours, often taking sandwiches and a bottle of pop with us. We were oblivious of course as most kids are!
I hope it’s made you think of your childhood too.
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