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Dog-Friendly Boating Escapes

Discover the hidden delights of the South Wales countryside on a dog-friendly canal boat cruise beginning at Goytre Wharf. Together with your best furry friend, meander along the gentle waterways on a comfortable berth packed with modern amenities through routes around the Welsh countryside. Stop off for some fabulous walking opportunities and make sure to visit fido-friendly sights along your route starting in Goytre. Explore the picturesque countryside views of Brecon Beacons National Park venturing through The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, inaccessible from any other waterway and offers 35 miles of quiet picturesque countryside from Brecon to Cwmbran. All ABC Boat Hire canal boats at Goytre berth two to eight and come equipped with all you need to swap the hustle and bustle of life in the city for an idyllic boating escape with your canine companion.

Begin your boating adventure for the first time or as a more experienced crew member with full tuition provided at the start of every journey. A handover ensures you are comfortable operating the canal boat and includes where you can moor and how to operate locks, lifts and swing bridges. Most visitor moorings on canals and rivers are governed by the Canal & River Trust and are free of charge, meaning your boat will be permitted to moor anywhere on the towpath side of the canal as long as no obstruction is being caused. An overnight fee may be charged for overnight moorings at a select number of privately owned sites.

A suggested journey for those wanting a longer escape is Brecon & Return from Goytre Wharf, a tranquil cruise featuring sweeping views with only a handful of locks. This route from Goytre Wharf includes 12 locks and can be completed in seven nights. When heading towards Pencelli, the stunning views of the Welsh countryside can be enjoyed, overlooked by the National Park’s highest peak, Pen y Fan, an idyllic place to soak up unrivalled Welsh views perfect for dog-walking opportunities. When continuing to meander through Brecon, the outdoor capital of Wales for cycling, hiking, scrambling, kayaking, caving, pony trekking and more, stop by Canal Basin, a short walk to Theatr Brycheiniog. This historic market town is great to explore the cathedral with your canine companion and visit its cathedral and many dog-friendly pubs including Brecon Tap.

If you’re looking for a shorter break, Llangynidr & return from Goytre Wharf passes through two locks and can be completed in three nights. Highlights include Llanfoist Wharf where the Blaenavon World Heritage Site meets the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal with Llanfoist Wharf being an idyllic place to stop off and enjoy the beauty and peace of the woodland with your furry friend. After passing through more stretches of woodland, take time to explore the cultural highlights of Crickhowell including Crickhowell Castle where you can then relax with a visit to dog-friendly The Swan Inn pub.

All dog-friendly canal boats are available from April to November. Arrive on Friday, Saturday or Monday for a 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 or 14 night stay. Please note that each route has individual changeover dates. In a canal boat berthing 4, enjoy a 3 night stay from £999 or 7 night stay from £1,399 in the low season, excluding fuel supplement. Supplements apply on summer dates and larger boats.

What To Expect

It's important to bring along a bed, bowl, food, lead and toys for your dog whilst on board and may be advisable to invest in a harness or life jacket for your dog. A welcome pack is provided as well as a TV, CD player and free Wifi. All the ABC dog-friendly canal boats are individually handcrafted in this country with unique interiors and different styles. They come with a well-equipped kitchen where you can whip up a meal for your guests and furry friend too. The kitchen features a four burner gas stove complete with grill and oven, fridge, sink drainer, sink, crockery, cooking utensils and cutlery. Dog-friendly canal boats starting at Goytre Wharf come equipped with a 12-volt electricity supply. All boats are able to carry around 100 gallons or 450 litres of water. It is advised to refill your water daily by automatic electric water pumps, these are located at many water points along your route which are shown in a Canal Cruising Guide available to be purchased on arrival at a small fee. The boat is fuelled for your arrival and an additional fuel deposit of £90 per week or £50 for a short break is required. When the boat is returned, the balance is refundable after deducting the amount of fuel used. Buoyancy aids are compulsory and available free of charge for both children and adults at the marinas. These do not need to be booked in advance but should be requested upon arrival in order for the correct size to be fitted in preparation for your journey.

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A canal boat trip makes a fabulous adventure for your canine friend. You have the freedom to go where you want and your dog will love stopping off at the riverside dog-friendly pubs on route.

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Dine With Pet
Dine With Pet
Pub Within 1 Mile
Pub Within 1 Mile
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Satellite Television

Featured Boats

The dog-friendly canal boats berth from two to eight with bedding configured as singles or doubles. There is a small wardrobe for storing clothes with freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. There is a bathroom with toilet, basin and shower, one medium towel per person and even a hairdryer.

Red Line Finch

Sleeps up to 5. One forward cabin which can either be configured as one double bed or two singles with an optional high level berth. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed in the evening, if required. There are wardrobes located throughout the boat for storing clothes. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. Additional bedding available on request.

5 adults   3 pets  

Red Swallow

Sleeps up to 8. Two cabins, both can either be configured as one double bed or two singles. An optional high level single bed can be added in both cabins. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed or 2 single beds using the fold down bed, if required. There are wardrobes located throughout the boat for storing clothes. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. Additional bedding available on request.

8 adults   3 pets  

Dog-Friendly Nearby

The Goytre Wharf is set in a beautiful spot with fabulous walks for you and your dog and a delightful pub and onsite cafe - Penelope’s offering indoor and outdoor seating and fabulous views of the canal and surrounding countryside. The Brecon Beacons National Park offers acres of space and miles of footpaths for your dog to explore.

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