Canal

Heritage Documents

Our Heritage Consultant, Clive Reed, whose knowledge of and love for the Swansea Canal is unsurpassed, most generously provides the Society with important documents about the canal and the society that can be found here. The most recent document is a fascinating insight into the collieries found at Cwmdu. The Society remains indebted to Clive...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th December 2020

On a bitterly cold morning, the volunteers assembled at two sites. Firstly at the canal that runs alongside Hebron Road, rubbish was collected whilst John effected a repair to the doors on the derelict building.     At the Hidden Lock site, the hardcore rubbish was used as backfill behind the garden wall, plant material...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st December 2020

An unexpected turn of events and the high COVID-19 infection rate in Pontardawe caused a last-minute change of venue for today’s session. The gang assembled in the Hidden Lock site in Clydach and carried on with several tasks. The weather was fair and the rain stayed away. The biggest event was the arrival of the...

Work Party: Tuesday 24th November 2020

A nice day today weather-wise – warm and sunny with very little rain. The volunteers worked in the Buried Lock site where the principal task was to continue building the wall around Martin’s garden. Gordon and Gareth the Younger were on the mixer. Alan T, Sue, Mike and Andy laid the larger stones while Martin...

Work Party: Tuesday 17th November 2020

What a wet day! Our sensible volunteers – Annette and Gill – cosseted themselves in a cosy cafe to finalise the Christmas video that was filmed last week. The rest of us worked through almost constant rain in and around the Buried Lock site. Apologies for the poor quality of some of the photos, due...

Restoration Review by CRT [November 2020]

Check out a fascinating blog on the Swansea Canal from Katie, the Restoration Coordinator for the Canal & River Trust, Wales & South-West. Our wonderful volunteers are thrilled to be helping to restore this important waterway.  Click here to view in a new window.

Work Party: Tuesday 10th November 2020

Today was our first day of volunteering as a group after the end of the firebreak. The removal of travel restrictions meant that we could all meet together again, which we did in Coed Gwilym Park. Our plan for the day was to leave restoration work to once side in favour of having a bit...

Work Parties: Tuesday 20th October 2020

The fourth week of local measures in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot necessitated two work parties. At least the weather was kind. Pontardawe The tasks remained the same, Herbert Street was in sight. Mike climbed into the canal, clearing the side wall, as Paul collected the vegetation. David with a large pair of loppers, removed...

Work Party: Tuesday 13th October 2020

With local COVID lock down measures in force for the third week in Swansea and in Neath Port Talbot, once again we had to split ourselves into two sections. After some early, heavy rain the weather cheered up so both groups got much good work done. Clydach As for the last few weeks, work was...

Work Party: Tuesday 6th October 2020

With local COVID lock-down measures still in force in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, we split ourselves into two sections once again. We had to dodge some sharp but mercifully brief showers but it takes more than a drop of rain to stop our volunteers. Clydach Work was in and around the Hidden Lock site....

Wildlife on the Canal, October 2020

Here are two lovely photos and an amazing video clip of wildlife recently spotted on the canal in Clydach. The stills of the kingfisher and squirrel are wonderful close-ups and the video of the otter is truly outstanding. We are indebted to Beth and her son for the images. Keep your eyes peeled and send...

Work Party: Tuesday 29th September 2020

Well, this proved to be a strange volunteering session! With local COVID lock down measures in force in Swansea and in Neath Port Talbot, our volunteers living in the Swansea area could not travel to Neath Port Talbot and vice versa. And Alan T, although not living in a lock down area, couldn’t travel to...