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Welsh canal reopens following major repairs

The embankment became so saturated with rain over the winter period it slipped down the hillside Credit: Nicola Hendy / ITV News

A stretch of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal will reopen to boaters today, following around £1 million of repairs.

Glandwr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, is installing around 500 massive pins, each between 10-15 metres long, along the canal side at Llanfoist in the Brecon Beacons.

While the remainder of the canal has stayed open since the work began in February, the full length of the waterway will now be accessible by boat, bringing a welcome boost to business in the area.

The Canal is 35 miles long, running through the Brecon Beacons.

It was a major feat of engineering when it was built two hundred years ago, and today it supports almost 400 jobs and contributes £17 million to the Welsh economy every year.

It was recently named as the top visitor attraction in the Brecon Beacons.