Talybont on Usk (Welsh: Tal-y-bont ar Wysg) is a village in Powys, Mid Wales. It stands alongside both the River Usk and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Talybont is south east of Brecon (7 miles), and north west of Crickhowell (9 miles), and Abergavenny (15 miles).
The village boasts a shop and wi-fi cafe and four pubs> The cafe offers tea and cakes and the four pubs offer a fantastic variety of quality meals prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The village supports local arts and crafts, from photography and textiles to woodturning and working in glass.
Walks, Cycle Trails and Other Activities
Talybont-on-Usk is a great place for walking and strolling. There is a Henry Vaughan walk that takes you around the nearby countryside where the 18th Century poet once lived.
The Usk Valley Walk passes close by the village, and the 55 mile Taff Trail passes through Talybont on Usk en-route from Cardiff Bay to Brecon.
Talybont on Usk has a bit of everything – a canal (Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal), two rivers, a reservoir (Talybont Reservoir), hills, woods, waterfalls, wildlife, local arts and crafts, a village shop and wi-fi cafe and four pubs. It can even boast its own fascinating history from the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution.
Active visitors can enjoy walking, cycling, mountain biking or canoeing. Those who wish for a relaxing break may simply take a stroll along the picturesque canal path. Nature lovers will appreciate the bird watching, fishing, and visiting the reservoir. Others will enjoy simply sitting in the sun sipping locally brewed beer and chatting to the locals.
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal:
The canal winds its way through 35 miles of peaceful countryside all the way from Brecon to Cwmbran. Its pretty scenery and lightly-locked route make it understandably popular with holidaymakers. But its present rural character and tranquillity belies its original purpose as an industrial corridor for coal and iron, which were brought to the canal by a network of tramways or railroads.
Set almost entirely within the Brecon Beacons National Park, the canal is among the most beautiful anywhere on the waterways.
Talybont Reservoir :
The reservoir is retained as a wilderness fishery and contains a population of wild trout that are carefully supplemented by restocking with brown trout. Fly fishing is permitted and six fish may be taken in one day.
The Caerfanell River runs through the village into the River Usk, and has small pools for fishing.
The River Usk is an important wild brown trout and salmon fishery. Good quality sport is available from March to September.
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal provides fun fishing for roach, perch, dace and chub. Environment Agency licences can be purchased from the village shop in Talybont.
There are three Church in Wales parishes in the Talybont-on-Usk area - Llanfeugan, Llansantffraed and Llanddetty - covering a broadly similar area to the Community Council. These three parishes operate jointly with three parishes in and around Llanfrynach as the 'Beacons Benefice'. The churches and their ministry are available to anyone who lives in or visits the area.
The three churches are St Tetta, Llanddetty (on the B4558 from Talybont to Llangynidr), St Meugan, Llanfeugan (in the foothills southwest of Pencelli) and St Bride, Llansantffraed (at the A40 turning to Talybont). The churches in the Llanfrynach area are located at Cantref, Llanfrynach and Llanhamlach. Family services are held in the Henderson Hall in Talybont.
There is a service in one of the three churches in the Talybont area each Sunday.