Usk Valley Walk

Usk Valley Walk

A self-guided walking holiday along the Usk Valley from Usk to Brecon.

4 to 6 nights
21-42 miles
Easy / Moderate to Easy

From £505 per person

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About the trail

The Usk Valley Walk explores historic market towns and quaint villages as it presses north between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, winding through the lush green spaces of the Usk Valley between Usk and Brecon.

The trail follows the path of the Usk River to join the towpath of the Monmouth and Brecon Canal, utilising firm paths underfoot as it delves through an unspoilt landscape of rolling hills, patchwork fields and woodland between waterside inns, overlooked by the towering mountains that flank the valley.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

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  • Usk Valley Walk
  • Usk Valley Walk Short Break
  • Usk Valley Walk - Stile-Free

About this route

4 to 6 nights
42 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £505 per person

Usk Valley Walk

The full Usk Valley Walk walking holiday spans 38 miles from Usk to Brecon. Along the banks of the Usk River and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, the Usk Valley Walk winds its way between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, exploring plenty of historic market towns and charming villages on the way.

With its combination of incredible scenery, changing terrain and intriguing settlements to discover, the Usk Valley Walk is a wonderful foray into the heart of the Welsh countryside. Climb from the canal and into the hills for far-reaching views, or keep to the towpath for a gentle, relaxing amble.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
UVW1 From Usk to Brecon 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding £505
UVW2 From Usk to Brecon 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate £630
UVW3 From Usk to Brecon 6 nights, 5 days walking Easy / Moderate £750

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
UVWSB From Abergavenny to Brecon 4 nights, 3 days walking Easy / Moderate £515
"Bridge 151 on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal" by Jo McDonough (2022) "Bridge 151 on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal" by Jo McDonough (2022)
"View of the River Usk" by Jo McDonough (2022) "View of the River Usk" by Jo McDonough (2022)
"Our Walking Group" by Anthony Riley (2018) "Our Walking Group" by Anthony Riley (2018)
"View across the River Valley" by Judith Crompton (2017) "View across the River Valley" by Judith Crompton (2017)

Customer reviews from the Usk Valley Walk

“We really enjoyed our walk. We walked in the morning which then gave us time later to discover and explore each stop on the way. We were very lucky with the weather. We met friendly and helpful people. Everything worked well. Our luggage was always delivered on time. The instructions were clear. We have the knack of getting lost anywhere but it was hard to get lost when following a canal. We live in Australia and are in our 70's.”
Ms Hall, Australia
“Beautiful, pleasant, not demanding walk along the canal.”
Mr Hojvat, USA
“The Wales countryside is beautiful and the people we meet along the way were friendly and helpful.”
Ms Leishman, Czech Republic
“Another excellent holiday from Contours. All arrangements went smoothly and the accommodation was of a high standard.”
Mr Simmons, UK
“Overall a good experience.”
Mr Browne, UK
“Well organised. Amazing countryside. Charming hotels. Great route. Will come again.”
Mr Gunnewicht, UK
“Loved every part of it! Everything was very well organized and we were pleased with all of our accommodations. We felt well-prepared for what to expect and how to pack, and your staff was always very helpful in answering questions.”
Ms Dykstra, USA
“A great 5 days of walking, much enjoyed by both of us.”
Mr Brooke-Smith, UK
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