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Cafe:Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and Cafe at Fourteen Locks Canal & Heritage Centre

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Cafe, free entry


Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

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Cwm Lane,
NP10 9GN


Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and Cafe


In 1792 the act of parliament was passed to build the canal. Thomas Dadford Junior was appointed the engineer. Our Fourteen locks Heritage Trail is made up of a single lock (21) five pairs of locks and one group of three. The primary objective was to construct the locks quickly to meet the demands for transport made by the ‘Industrial Revolution’. Coal and pig iron were two of the major products to be carried on the canal. Opposite lock 17 you will see a ‘byewash’ that was used to
channel excess water away from the lock. Continue along the towpath to reach Pensarn Cottage. The last lock keeper to live here was Jack Brookes, everyone called him ‘Squire Jack’. He was famous for his gardens where he grew most vegetables. The small out building – the ‘ty-bach’ - is believed to be one of the first toilets to have running water. Across the bridge you will see a short fence concealing a limekiln. Limestone was burnt here to make lime which was used as fertilizer or mixed with sand to make mortar. A short walk then takes you to Lock 11, known as the ‘Mystery Lock’ because no one knows why
the shelves were built or even how the lock gate worked. The last lock before the motorway is lock 8, which marks the
start of the Cefn Flight of locks. It raises the water level 168ft in under half a mile making it one of the steepest rises in the UK.
Combined with the number of locks it is one of the most significant in the country, an engineering wonder of the Industrial Revolution.

Our tea room offers a delicious range of mouth watering food. Produce is sourced locally and prepared fresh to order. Meals are perfectly accompanied by speciality coffees and fair trade teas. The friendly staff can cater for any dietary requirement including gluten free, vegan and vegetarian. Our function room can be hired out for meetings,business and community events, including a bespoke buffet with a variety of home made specials. Our craft shop offers unique hand made gifts, created by
local and talented artisans. We also hire out gallery display boards for artists to sell their work.The canal centre is an ideal location for practical learning opportunities. Education sessions take place here and we offer workshops tailored to the particular needs of schools. Our family and dog friendly centre holds events throughout the year including activity trails, forest school, fayres, family fun days, music festivals, BBQs, history talks and walks. The canal towpath is part of National Cycle
Route 47 and the beautiful Sirhowy Valley Walk. It provides a haven for all kinds of plants, wildlife and birds.

Speciality: Buffet Specialists - Catering for visitors and groups.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Summer 10am - 5pm
Winter 10am - 4pm (including Sundays and bank holidays


Free entry

There is a small fee for parking


See location of Fourteen Locks Canal and Heritage Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: ST 284893  Lat: 51.59816 Long: -3.03397

Leave the M4 by exit 27 and take the B4591 High Cross Rd (signposted Fourteen Locks).
After 1/2 mile turn right (signposted Fourteen Locks) onto Cefn Walk.
Over the canal bridge and Fourteen Locks is the first turning on the right

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Pye corner station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Dog towels, dog biscuits and water.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance
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