Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
It is easy to forget just why the canal was built as you cruise on the Mon & Brec in the comfort of your Road House narrowboat, but there are lots of reminders of the canal’s industrial heritage to be seen along the way.
Whether you are walking the tow path or cruising be sure to look out for posts similar to the one pictured here.
They can be found at 24 locations along the canal and by scanning the code on your phone you will be given information about your location.
Each of the posts has two codes. The upper one contains a short summary text which opens immediately with no internet connection needed. The other QR code will open a HistoryPoints.org web page on your screen. Whilst these pages are free of large images you may need to be patient while your phone downloads the page, and of course bear in mind the data usage.
These points can be found in other locations around Wales too so keep your eyes peeled when out and about – they may be on a post or even on a window sticker.
We are also very lucky to have beautiful interpretation boards along the canal which feature illustrations by the late Michael Blackmore. These wonderful illustrations give an insight into how the canal would have looked when it was used for industrial purposes back in the 1800’s, and some even show the building process, all bringing to life certain locations along the route.
If you have children, looking out for these information points could be one way of keeping them interested in their surroundings and it would be educational at the same time.