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“Lovely walks on a summer day.”

Fourteen Locks Canal & Conference Centre
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Portishead, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Lovely walks on a summer day.”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Visit this area often. Now there is bike hire we will be using on our next visit. Possible to walk in two directions, one towards Malpas and beyond, as far as you like on to Cwmbran and further. The other direction towards Risca and on to the Cwmcarn Scenic Park. The actual Canal is very overgrown as nature has reclaimed it, and it would be a massive project to get it operative again. Realistically it will probably only remain as it is now. That said, it is such a beautiful area to walk, and the views of the countryside are stunning, especially at this time of year. It is interesting to look at the contrast of how goods were moved years ago, and now on the busy motorway which skirts the canal in places.
Care is needed as there are the deep locks, but staying on the towpath presents no danger to man or beast, common sense needed and the locks are not 200ft deep but more like 14ft!
Lots of cyclists using the path as would be expected, but mostly careful and bells rung to warn walkers, and a cheery, hello and thank you.
A nice pub just over the road from the path on the Risca direction called the Rising Sun, was a nice stop off for a refreshing drink. Cafe at the site, which we haven't used yet. Friendly mini market shop if you need anything.
Well worth a visit if you want a pleasant walk, doesn't cost anything to park, picnic by the lake, a lovely place to visit. Glad there are places like this left where it is possible to enjoy a few hours without spending much money. A nice way to educate children about the Canal system that operated years ago.

Visited August 2014
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Wales
Level 6 Contributor
422 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“good place to stop”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

A base for walking along the canal. The car park is spoilt by the bike rental lock up but ignore this and look the other way to the canal. It would be wonderful to get this working again

Visited July 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“dangerous”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

tripped on grass nearly fell 200ft in to a empty canal lock, ..........................................

Visited July 2014
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Newport, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fourteen reasons to not bother.”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The locks themselves haven't been used for a very long time and are all overgrown. The Centre itself is pretty mediocre.

Visited August 2013
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great for all the family”
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

My friend and I took our 2 5 year old daughters to take part in the activity trail. It on cost £2.50,and they were given a clipboard and pencil to look for 'clues' along the trail. The canal path was easy to follow, and clues easy to access. On our return, they received a great goodie bag. We then went to the cafe for some delicious cake, served by very friendly staff. The manager was also very friendly.

Visited May 2014
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