Free events to celebrate the canal this summer

Posted on: Monday 18 July 2022

Twilight yoga and wildlife walks are just a few of the activities taking place alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal this summer.

Thanks to funding from the Council’s Covid Recovery Fund, the Council has been able to team up with the Canal and Rivers Trust to arrange joint events to help celebrate the canal.

Earlier this week, Andy Karran from Gwent Wildlife Trust took residents on a gentle guided walk alongside the canal. Attendees learnt about the importance of the canal whilst enjoying the signs and sounds.

Andy said: “We walked a lovely stretch of canal with a great bunch of people.

“Both banks of the canal were chocked full of an impressive diversity of wildflowers and these in turn brought in the butterflies and other insects.”

Kate Holly, who runs the twilight yoga sessions said: “It has been such a privilege to share the joy of yoga beside the canal in the early evening sunshine…more than ever people are seeking the benefits of being outside, in nature and to combine that with yoga too is a gift. 

“The canal has so much to offer and are so easily accessible, providing us an oasis in the midst of our daily lives. Kudos to Torfaen Council and the Canal & River Trust for offering so many great activities to enable people to enjoy them even more!”

Councillor Joanne Gauden, executive Member for regeneration and skills, said: “It’s lovely to hear that the stretch of the canal in Torfaen is being celebrated with the help of The Canal and River Trust.

“Being outside in the fresh air is beneficial to all, and is wonderful for health and well-being.

“All events are free, so I hope residents take up these fantastic opportunities.”

Events coming up

Event: Wildlife Walks
Description: Join us for a series of gentle walks along the canal, guided by wildlife expert Andy Karran. Andy will talk about the natural sights and sounds of the canal, highlighting the importance of the canal for wildlife.
Date: Tuesday 09 August
Time: 10am

Event: Twilight yoga
Description: Unwind by the canal at one of our outdoor yoga sessions at Pontymoile Basin with instructor Kate Holly
Date: Thursday 1 September
Time: 6pm

To find out more about events taking place, and to book a place, visit the canal events section on  Connect Torfaen  

For other events taking place in the borough head on over to the Summer of Fun website.

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