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Swansea Canal Article by Martin Ludgate in ‘Canal Boat’ magazine

Martin Ludgate, who was deputy leader of this year’s Waterway Recovery Group Sumer Camp at Upper Trebanos Lock, wrote a fantastc article about the week and also about the future of the Swansea Canal in the September edition  of ‘Canal Boat’ Magazine. It is well worth reading. The link to the article is below. Thank...

The Canal Close to the Swan Inn in Plasmarl.

One more photo of the  Swansea Canal from Dominc Byrne. He says, “The photo shows the canal looking north up what is now the the Morriston by-pass from the Phelps and Williams tyre depot on the roundabout at the top of Beufort Road. The white building on the extreme left of the photo is the...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (18): TOWPATH PROGRESS, 22/23.9.17

The Old Depot Yard transformation in Pontardawe Road Clydach continues.  Above, looking north,  is the line of the new towpath now flattened and ready for tarmacccing. Further up large rubble still remains (photo below right) but this will soon be gone. The wooden structure on the right of the photo indicates the width of the...

VETS ON THE CANOES

  A party of vets pre-booked a trip on the canoes and enjoyed the good weather today.

A Swansea Barge (1949)

I am indebted to Phil Hughes of the Inland Waterways Association who has sent me this photo of a derelict Swansea Canal barge on the Mon and Brec canal. It was taken by Ian Wright on one of his several  canoe journeys along the Welsh Canals in the late forties. Phil tells me that the...

ADVENTURE GIRLS PADDLE POWER: 22.8.17

The Canal Canoes were inundated with women of all ages today.  The self-styled ‘Adventure Girls’ from Cardiff  (above) shoe horned themselves  into one of our two rafts and spent an fantasic hour and a half on the water. And the 20 or so Brownies and Girl Guides from Bryamman added to the  vibrant scene on...

LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT: 8.8.17.

  As the peak holiday month is now with us, we have had to put on hold our big work projects and concentrate on the smaller but no less important activities of the Society. In the light of the misguided, non-thinking, pyromaniacal activites in the Forge Fach Centre playground last night, it is perhaps only...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 6th AUGUST TO 12TH AUGUST.

SUNDAY 6TH: Canoe and Kayak hire at Coed Gwilym Park Canoe store. Canadian Canoes £7, Double sit on tops Kayaks £5, single kayaks £4. Rafts  £10. First hire 10.30am, last hire 2.30pm. For full terms and conditions see  ‘Canoe Hire’ on this website. TUESDAY 8TH: Canoe and Kayak hire from Coed Gwilym Park (as above)....

THE WEEK AHEAD: 30.7.17 TO 5.8.17.

SUNDAY JULY 30TH: Canoe and Kayak hire from Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10.30am, last hire 2.30pm. Canadian canoes seat three, £7. Double sit on kayaks £5, singles£4. Full details and conditions under ‘Canoe Hire’ on this website. TUESDAY AUGUST 1ST: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 am and...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 23RD JULY TO 29TH JULY 2017

  SUNDAY 23RD JULY:  CANOE AND KAYAK HIRE.         CANADIAN OPEN CANOES: £7.00;  SIT-ON-TOP DOUBLE KAYAKS: £5; SINGLE SIT ON TOP KAYAKS £4. Enjoy the Swansea Canal at canal level. First hire 10.30am, last hire 2.30pm. One mile of easy paddling from Coed Gwilym Park, Canoe Store, Clydach to Lower Trebanos Lock. For...

TESCO BAGS of HELP: Swansea Canal Society in July/August Store Voting.

  SWANSEA CANAL SOCIETY is bidding for a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. We are asking you to vote for the Society in the Tesco Pontardawe store during July and August. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000...

Ramblers on the Water, and the Red Brick bridge.

      Our friends from Ammanford Ramblers joined us for their annual paddle up the Swansea Canal this Tuesday, the 27th June. They all chose the open Canadian canoes as their preferred means of transport; five in the yoked raft (seen on the left), two ladies in one canoe, and the two men in a canoe...