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“Spooky” in Coed Gwilym Park, Halloween 2021

As we peeped cautiously out of our bedroom windows this morning, we wondered what we had let ourselves in for! The Friends of Coed Gwilym Park, the Clydach Heritage Centre and the Swansea Canal Society had decided to run a “Spooky” Halloween event in the park but the forecast was for torrential rain and howling...

Canoe & Kayak Hire – Close of the Sunday Sessions for 2021

Today was the last day of the Sunday canoe and kayak hire in Coed Gwilym Park. Despite some rain, a few brave paddlers went out on the water. After the last kayaks came in, we closed the hire. The BBQ was lit and we all enjoyed a meal and a chat. We want to thank...

Councillor Beca Phillips and Family

Councillor Beca Phillips and family took to the water today. She kindly writes “Thank you to all your volunteers. We had a lovely time in the canoe this afternoon” The Society is so pleased to hear the trip went well. The volunteers really appreciate this positive feedback. And the photos with the giant paddles are...

ShePaddles and U Girls : 2nd June 2021

The Swansea Canal Society hosted another ShePaddles and U girls session on the 2nd June. In the morning, a group of seven ladies went on the water. They were assisted by CanoeWales and Swansea Council instructors, on their chosen crafts, either SUPs or kayaks. The weather was kind to them, warm but overcast. When they’d...

Canoes and Ducks, 16th May 2021

The Sunday canoe hire started with driving rain and dark clouds. Then this happened: Mother duck bringing up the rear as her eight ducklings were out swimming. As a dog entered the canal, she rounded them up into the off bank. {Sorry for the less than fantastic photo.} The new buoyancy aids have arrived. The...

Canoe & Kayak Hire – Opening 2nd May 2021

THE CANOE AND KAYAK HIRE IN COED GWILYM PARK, CLYDACH WILL RE-OPEN ON SUNDAY 2nd MAY 2021 AND CONTINUE TO THE END OF SEPTEMBER. The Society is delighted to announce that recent relaxations of the Welsh Government’s regulations concerning the COVID-19 pandemic have allowed us to open the canoe & kayak hire. The service will...

Canoe and Kayak Hire 2021

Canoe and Kayak Hire 2021 – Volunteers Needed Regrettably, we are still unable to open the Canoe and Kayak hire for the 2021 season. We will have to wait until the COVID regulations are relaxed to permit outdoor gatherings of up to thirty people. If the Welsh Government feels confident that the pandemic continues to...

Canoe and Kayak Hire – End of the 2020 Season: 27th September 2020

This Sunday saw the end of the 2020 season of canoe & kayak hire. The weather was glorious, 76 paddlers plus 3 dogs took to the water and the afternoon was rounded off with a barbecue for the amazing volunteers and two PCSOs who were passing by. The perfect end to an extraordinary summer.  ...

Clydach U14s Football Team: Saturday 19th September 2020

The boys from Clydach Under-14s football team and their manager Rob came to enjoy a paddle on the canal. This was a pre-season team building session, where they all took to the water on single kayaks and headed off to Trebanos. Lots laughs and smiles plus returning sopping wet. Thank you for a fun morning....

“ShePaddles” visits the Swansea Canal: Saturday, 29th August 2020

We were delighted to host the #ShepaddlesCymru on tour at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach, on Saturday 29th August. They offered two coaching sessions. Participants in each session were put into three smaller groups, setting out at ten minute intervals to provide social distancing on the water and towpath. The crafts of choice were kayaks and...

Canoe and Kayak Hire Opens on Sunday 16th August 2020

THE CANOE AND KAYAK HIRE IN COED GWILYM PARK, CLYDACH WILL RE-OPEN ON SUNDAY 16th AUGUST 2020 AND CONTINUE TO THE END OF SEPTEMBER.   Following on from a very successful trial run of our COVID-19 safety measures last Sunday, 9th August, it has been decided to open fully on Sunday, 16th August. The service...

Gill and Annette Take to the Water: 9th June 2020

  Just to cheer everyone up a bit in these troubled times, Annette and Gill take to the water at Coed Gwilym Park. The canal is looking beautiful and tranquil on a sunny afternoon. Annette lost no time during lock down to continue with her “Can Do Canoe” project. Her she is setting up a...