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Timber Transport Time Travel: Floating Wood down the Canal: April 2018.

A gift of old timber from the owners of a demolished house  which backs on to the Swansea Canal has allowed us the opportunity to use the canal for its original purpose; transporting raw materials. The distance the timbers need to travel is not great, maybe one hundred yards or so. And the volume of...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 22ND APRIL TO 28TH APRIL

SUNDAY 22ND: Canoes and kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park. First Hire 10.30am. Last hire 2.30pm. Canoes £7.00 Rafts £10, single kayaks, £4. Full details under Canoe Hire on this website. Tuesday 27th April:  Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe between 8.00 and9.00am. Work starts at 9.15am at the canoe store Clydach to complete...

Work Day in Pictures 17.4.18

    The last dumper truck load arrives at the canoe store                                                                                                                    

THE WEEK AHEAD: SUNDAY 15.4.18 TO SATURDAY 21.4.18

SUNDAY 15th April: Canoe and kayak hire from  the Canoe Store in Coed Gwilym Park. Canoes £7, Rafts £10.00, double kayaks £5, single Kayaks £4. For full details of terms and conditions see the SCS website under Canoe Hire. First hire 10.30am, last hire, 2.30 pm.     TUESDAY 17th April: Work Party meets at...

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE: THREE WORK SITES IN ONE DAY: 3.4.18.

At last, a spring like-feel to the April air.  Inspired by the sun on our backs, our volunteers felt that all things were possible and spread the mornings activiites over three sites.  The main work, under Gordon’s supervision, once more took advantage of the carrying capacity of the new dumper truck. Sand bags filled with...

THE WEEK AHEAD: SUNDAY 8.4.18. TO SATURDAY 14.4.18.

SUNDAY 8.4.18: Canoe Hire commences at 10.30am from Coed Gwilym Park. Canoes £7, double kayaks £5,  single kayaks £4. Full terms and conditions on this website under Canoe Hire. Last hire 2.30pm. Litter and overhanging branches and bramble along the lovely one mile route have been cleared by our  volunteers over the last two weeks....

Waterway Recovery Group Visit from Dave Worthington.

We were delighted to meet Dave Worthington once again. Dave was the leader of last year’s WRG summer camp and work site at Upper Trebanos Lock. He came to inspect the same site for this year’s camp which will run from August 4th to the 11th. We will be also allocating the Tuesday of that...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 1.4.18 TO 6.4.18.

Sunday 1st April:  Canoe Hire Season commences in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach at 10.30. Last hire 2.30pm. Canoes £7, double kayaks £5 and single Kayaks £4.  For full details of terms and conditions see under Canoe Hire on this website. Tuesday 3rd April: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High St., Clydach between 8.00 and...

TIPPER TRAINING AND VISITORS FROM CANAL AND RIVER TRUST: 27.3.18.

Our volunteers were given a training session to enable them to use the new tipper safely.  (Centre).     (Below right) David Morgan and Mike Ywell (left of picture) from the Canal and River Trust visit the canal to see the section of canal between Coed Gwilym Park and Trebanos which is in need of dredging.  ...

CANALSIDE FOLK ART: MARCH 2018

Walkers, canoeists, and cyclists along our lovely canal will have been struck by a couple of new additions to the towpath scenery. An anonymous installation artist (or maybe it is more than one) has created two striking pieces, one using  a recycled bike part, and one a rather more conservative piece of  floral metalwork. The...

OUR NEW WIDE-TYRE TIPPER TRACTOR IN ACTION: 27.3.18

     Our new tipper tractor, bought with money generously made available by the Mynydd y Bettws Wind Farm Community Fund saw action for the first time this morning in Coed Gwilym Park. We had a delivery of cement and stone dust which we would normally have to barrow in wheelbarrows from the bowling green to...

Canoe Training for Volunteers; 25.3.18

Hywel and Warren, our two qualified canoe instructors gave a masterclass in safety on the water this Sunday to our volunteers both new and old. Here we see Warren demonstrating throw line technique with Hywel as his canoeist in virtual distress. The new season of canoe and kayak hire starts this Sunday  in Coed Gwilym...