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Talybont on Usk Reservoir Dog Walk

Talybont on Usk Reservoir: About Talybont on Usk village

Talybont-on-Usk is a special village in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Talybont has a bit of everything – a canal, 2 rivers, a reservoir, hills, woods, waterfalls, wildlife, local arts and crafts, a village shop and wi-fi cafe and 4 excellent pubs.  It can even boast its own fascinating history from the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution.

Energetic visitors can enjoy walking, cycling, mountain biking or canoeing
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Relaxing visitors can enjoy gently cycling or strolling along the picturesque canal path to adjacent villages. There are opportunities for bird watching, fishing, visiting the reservoir or simply sitting in the sun (sometimes!) sipping locally brewed beer.

Walk around the Reservoir and after a day of spectacular scenery and activity, Talybont cafe offers tea and cakes. A further 4 pubs offer quality meals prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Talybont is close to Brecon (7 miles), Crickhowell (9 miles), Abergavenny (15 miles) and Hay on Wye (19 miles).

Talybont on Usk Reservoir Dog Walk

Talybont on Usk Reservoir: Tour and Tourist Information Guide

"Beautiful village, with many natural waterways and waterfalls, a canal and reservoir"

Talybont-on-Usk is a very attractive village in the Usk Valley, it is in an excellent location for walking and ideal for relaxing and enjoying the peace and scenery.

From the village there is easy access up onto the Black Mountains or the Brecon Beacons.

The energetic can walk from Talybont onto the Beacons.

The head of the Talybont-on-Usk Valley above the reservoir is very attractive with the Blaen-y-Glyn waterfalls and many excellent walks up the ridges to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons.

Talybont on Usk Reservoir Dog Walk

Talybont on Usk Reservoir: Built in the 1930's

Talybont Reservoir is endowed with a history of initial failures but ultimate success.

Consider, as you are standing on the dam enjoying the wonderful view, the large workforce assembled in the 1930s to build the dam, making this briefly an industrial building site. Imagine too the distress caused to the 200 inhabitants who had to leave their homes, farms and livelihoods, and their community.

Talybont on Usk Reservoir Dog Walk


This scenic, 2 mile long reservoir is surrounded by steep hills, thick uplands forestry and in the valley, lush green fields and farmland. There are forest walks in the higher ground above the reservoir which will give you some good views of the valley.

In my own case I walked around the reservoir more or less at the same level as the reservoir itself.

If you are going around it anti-clockwise from the dam, you will first go through scenic forestry paths with views of the Reservoir to your right. There is not too much hillwork involved though the path is undulating. On the return half of the journey, having passed through some farm property and over a wooden bridge at the far end, you head through farm fields.

Talybont on Usk Reservoir Circular Dog Walk

Talybont on Usk Reservoir: Circular Dog Walk

From what I could see there is no right of way through these fields, so the less persistent might be tempted to walk back the way they came along the forest tracks or continue the circular walk down the road which runs the length of the reservoir. Since the road is quite busy, I opted for the fields.

Following sheep and cattle paths, but encountering no livestock, we hugged the shore, all the way back to the dam. This avoided the rather busy single track road this side of the reservoir.

Set in the central Brecon Beacons, this is a popular place to visit with a single track road crossing over the 380 metre long dam to a small car parking area and forestry walks on the far side.

Talybont on Usk Reservoir Circular Dog Walk

Talybont on Usk Reservoir: Getting there

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. Most of the forestry tracks near the reservoir are level but get steeper further up the hill you go.

Lay-bys and car parks alongside the Talybont to Pontsticill road offer good views of the reservoir and surrounding hills. There is one bird hide suitable for the disabled.

How to get there: The reservoir is 1 mile south of Talybont-on-Usk, which is just outside Brecon on the A40.



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