Canal

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...

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: 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.  ...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 25TH MARCH TO 31ST MARCH 2018

SUNDAY 25TH MARCH: Canoe training day at the canoe store, Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. 2 fully qualified instructors will run our new volunteers through the basics of Safety on Water.  Commences at 11.00am.  If you want to help us run the Sunday canoe and kayak hire which starts on April 1st,  do join us today...

Work Party 13.3.18.

With the opening of the summer season canoe hire almost upon us, it was time to get the canal shipshape for the public. Our first Sunday Opening will be on Easter Sunday April the First. We start hiring at 10.30am in Coed Gwilym Park. The best way of colleecting all the plastic waste, litter and...

A Model of the Lengthsman’s Hut at Ynysmeudwy.

Some great photos of  Michelle Davidson’s fine model of the Ynysmeudwy Lengthsmans Hut at Lower Ynysmeudwy Lock.     Left: The hut with a vegetable plot outside, vital in providing extra food for the lengthsman.   Below: The interior as it would have looked when the lengthsman lived there. A lengthsman looked after the section of...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 4TH MARCH TO 10TH MARCH 2018.

MONDAY 5TH OF MARCH:  Monthly open meeting of the Swansea Canal Society at the Vardre Rugby Club, Hebron Road at 7.00pm . All welcome. TUESDAY 6TH MARCH: PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO WORK PARTY TODAY AS  THE WORK DAY HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FRIDAY (DETAILS BELOW). FRIDAY 9TH OF MARCH: VISIT BY TONIA ANTONIAZZI, MP...

SUNDAY WORK PARTY AT YNYSMEUDWY LOWER LOCK: 25.2.18

Michelle led the February Sunday Work Party to clean the Lower Lock railings in Ynysmeudwy. Here is her account of a sunny and very cold outing. Well done to each and every one of them. “I have arrived back after a very successful Sunday Working Party up at the Ynysmeudwy Lower Lock.  There were four of...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 18TH FEB TO 24TH FEB 2018

TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts on the Ynysmeudwy towpath (below bridge 9) at 9.15am. Park in the  Canal and River Trust Car Park, near the Ynysmeudwy Arms. Work continues to improve the water-logged parts of the towpath above the two Ynysmeudwy Locks....

WORK PART AT YNYSMUEDWY LOCKS 6.2.18.

THIS WAS OUR SECOND WEEK AT YNYSWMEUDWY. SNOW IS FALLING, CHILDREN PLAYING….NO THAT’S SHAKIN’ STEVENS.   IT DEFINITELY SNOWED AND THOSE YOUNG AT HEART, AT LEAST, WERE WORKING. WE PAINTED THE FIVE BAR GATE LEADING TO THE CANAL BRIDGE, GOT RID OF THE VEGETATION THREATENING TO ENGULF THE LENGTHSMANS HUT BY LOWER YNYSMEUDWY LOCK AND EVEN...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 4TH FEB TO 10TH FEB 2018

TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00am and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15 north of Ynysmeudwy Locks. We will be continuing the clearance and resurfacing of the towpath there. WEDNESDAY 7TH FEBRUARY: Monthly SCS Open Meeting at the Vardre Rugby Club, Hebron Road Clydach at 7.00pm. All welcome....