Canal

THE WEEK AHEAD:13TH TO 19TH AUGUST 2017

SUNDAY 13TH: 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 15th: Canoe and Kayak hire from Coed Gwilym Park (as above)....

DREDGING THE SWANSEA CANAL.

The Swansea Canal should be a premier visitor destination. Swansea Canal Society is applying for Welsh Government funding to regenerate the canal between Clydach and Trebanos. SCS volunteers are already repairing the historic structures along the waterway. If our application to the Rural Communities Development Fund is approved, contractors will dredge the water channel under...

Work Parties 25.7.17

    Our volunteer numbers were increased today by the help we were given by the Day Service Centre, West Cross. They spent the early part of the morning clearing the vegetation and litter from the Old Highways Depot in Clydach. They then joined us for tea and cakes at the Canoe Store where we had...

WRG : Shuttering and Coping

Up by the Pontardawe Playing Fields north of Upper Trebanos Lock,  Gordon has fixed shuttering on top of the sand bags already laid by the Tuesday work parties in the weeks before the WRG summer camp began.  This left the very satisfying job of laying the final coping stones to our very enthustatic volunteers. Here...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (15): THIS WEEK’S WORK IN PICTURES.

THE TRACTOR AND TRAILER AT WORK MOVING RECYLED CONCRETE BLOCKS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW  RETAINING WALL. ANDY’S DOG SUPERVISING.    (LEFT):  DAVID TAKING A REST FROM LAYING THE BLOCKS OF THE NEW WALL.      (RIGHT): GARETH  AND GORDON ADDING HARD CORE  AS IN-  FILL BEHIND THE NEW WALL.  ALL RUBBLE WAS TAKEN FROM...

The Green Canal: 13.7.17

Somewhere along the 800 yards of pipe that takes the canal from Herbert Street, Pontardawe to Trebanos, something cracked. Water seeped out and made its way  undergound below the Pontardawe Playing Fielda down hill towards the River Tawe. Before it could reach the river it found a natural fault in the earth and emerged into...

The Week Ahead: 16th July to 23rd July

  Sunday 16th July: Canoe and Kayak hire from the canoe store in Coed Gwilym Park. First hire 10.30am, last hire 2.30pm. Canadian canoes, £7; doouble sit on tip kayaks, £5; single sit on top kayaks £4. One mile of tree-lined canal to paddle. For full termas and conditions see under  ‘Canoe Hire’ on the...

Ynysmeudwy Locks Clean-Up: Sunday 16th July.

The Pontardawe to Ynysmeudwy Work Party will meet for its third monthly canal clean up at 10.00am on Sunday, July 16th. Michelle will be at the Canal and River Trust car park which is close to the  Ynyswmeudwy Arms  pub. Take the unmade road on the right from Pontardawe as you come round the bend...

The Canal Beneath our Feet (14): In the Heat of the Day; 6th July ’17.

Gordon and Gareth risked being spontaneously combusted as they continued preparing the ground for the contractors to build a new towpath through the Old Highways Depot in Pontardawe Road. It is rare to get a shot of Gareth’s bare torso and it was only after he put on his factor 50 Malibu Sunscreen  that he...

The Canal Beneath Our Feet (13): THE RAMPED RETAINING WALL: 29.6.17.

While the contractors  who are demolishing the building over the buried lock have been away on other work, Gordon, Gareth the Elder, and Gareth the Younger, have been busy doing preparatory work for the new towpath and cycle path. The brieze block rubble from the demolished building can be used to build a retaining wall...

WILDFLOWERS/WEEDS ALONG THE CANAL

     Wildflower seeds  were sown aong side the the towpath during recent repairs.  They are now coming into blossom, providing a source of nector for bees and other pollinators.  Hopefully these areas will gradually be increased as work progresses.    

The Canal Beneath Our Feet: Gable End Down 18.6.17.

    Only the wall of the building on the St. Benedict’s Church side still stands (photo left) and the gable end which covered part of the buried lock is now completely gone (along with the roof, of course). The slabs covering the buried lock are immediately behind the Heras fencing in the foreground.    ...