Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Today was beautifully sunny and mild, with not a drop of rain in sight. Most of the work was in and around the Hidden Lock site. Martin embarked on the mammoth task of weeding the garden. Alan T made a stone step in the wall for ease of access and continued to lay the coping...

Work Party: Tuesday 13th April 2021

On this bright and sunny morning, the volunteers sorted themselves into small groups and headed off to various points along the canal. Clydach Canal Centre Gordon arrived early to start the bonfire while Martin cleared the litter and old roots from the front of the building. All the roots are now being burned inside the...

Work Parties: Tuesday 6th April 2021

The cold and snow did not deter our volunteers this morning. As for last week, they worked in small groups following the rule of “no more than six people from two households”. Five teams set to with gusto. Martin wrote his report in Welsh as well as English. Cleaning the Clydach Canal Centre / Glanhau...

Work Parties: Tuesday 30th March 2021

Today saw our first, tentative steps towards resuming volunteering in earnest. The last work party was on 8th December 2020! We decided to organise ourselves according to the rule of “Up to six people from no more than two households may meet outdoors” so four small groups were able to operate: Clydach Canoe Centre, Hebron...

Clydach Canal Centre

Swansea Canal Society has purchased derelict premises in Clydach town centre to renovate as the “Clydach Canal Centre”. Swansea Canal Society has purchased the former builders’ merchant’s premises in Hebron Road, Clydach. A derelict eyesore will now be renovated and adapted so it can be used for a range of community activities. This purchase was...

Improving Access at the Hidden Lock Site

Unfortunately, we are still not permitted to return to our volunteering activities on the canal. Work carries on in the background, including general administration and grant applications, but we are all itching to get back outdoors. Nevertheless, work does carry on, particularly when safety issues have been identified. Recently, Glandŵr Cymru asked us to improve...

Clearing the Canal Between Clydach Mond Lock and Pont John

Glandŵr Cymru informed us recently that Ebsford Environmental started the vegetation clearance on the Swansea Canal at Clydach on Monday 22nd February. This in advance of proposed dredging in the autumn. Works are mainly on the off-side between the canal terminus at Pont John and Clydach Mond Lock, but will include some works above the...

Terapin Ar Y Gamlas / Terrapin On The Canal

Continuing his support of our occasional series in Welsh, Dewi Lewis has written a second piece, this time about one of the canal’s most famous residents: TERAPIN AR Y GAMLAS O dro i dro mae na rhyw olygfa sydd yn peri syndod i ddyn.Felly y bu hi yn ystod mis mehefin 2018. Cael sgwrs gyda...

Birds in Glais and Clydach

Darrel Joseph, a local wildlife photographer, took these lovely bird photographs in the Glais and Clydach area (several on the canal itself). He has kindly allowed us to share them on our website. Tynnodd Darrel Joseph, ffotograffydd bywyd gwyllt lleol, y ffotograffau adar hyfryd hyn yn ardal Glais a Clydach (sawl un ar y gamlas...

Resurfacing the Towpath at Trebanos

Although volunteering on the canal is suspended for the time being, due to the COVID pandemic, nothing stops the workers from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Following on from their tremendous work north of Trebanos Locks, here they are resurfacing the towpath south of the locks right through to the Neath/Swansea boundary. First the...

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...