Canal

TWO WORK PARTIES : 17.10.17

At Clydach Lock we were met by  the visible effects of yesterday’s very high winds. Fallen leaves, washed down the canal in their thousands, were banked up against the stop planks while the bywash was completely blocked.  As  a result the water level had increased alarmingly and was flooding the planks of the scaffolding  in...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 15TH OCTOBER TO 21ST OCTOBER 2017

Tuesday 17th October: Work parties meet at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at two sites at 9.30am. 1. Clydach Lock: Backfill behind the sleepers, bolt in the sleepers to timbers (postponed from last week) 2. Old Highways Depot: Posts for HERAS security gates to be put in place.  Photo ...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (19): LOCK 7 AND BYWASH ON 1875 MAP.

We would like to thank Michelle for making this blow up of the 1875 map (plus several models) of  lock 7  in Pontardawe Road, Clydach where we are  currently reinstating the original line of the towpath.  She has superimposed the Victorian map onto a 1990s map so that the position of the 1970s buildings built...

ITV NEWS IN WALES VISIT THE SWANSEA CANAL

Mike Griffiths,  from ITV Cymru Wales joined us today to prepare an item on our two major projects in Clydach for ITV’s News in Wales programme. He started out at the Old Highways depot in Pontardawe Road where Gordon and the gang were digging out the holes for the Heras Fencing security fencing. At present,...

THE WEEK AHEAD: SUNDAY 1.10.17 TO SATURDAY 7.10.17

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2017:  Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15 at Clydach Lock to continue laying, and cementing in, the coping stones under the new sleepers. There will be another work party at the Old HIghways Depot where the new towpath foundations have been...

Clydach Lock Work Party; 26.9.17.

The relaying and cementing of  the coping stones began today. Rhodri from the Canal And River Trust could only start as soon as the lime mortar mix arrived by tractor and trailer. Cementing work was also underway at the Old  Highways Depot fifty yards up the canal so a shuttle service with Gareth at the...

Gordon and Wayne: Star Breakers of the Week. 25.9.17.

Wayne and Gordon have been  this weeks star grinders and breakers in the Old Highways Depot  in Clydach. Wayne has had to demolish and remove the foundations of the building sited on top of the buried lock and Gordon has been cutting metal poles to make the portacabin secure. The concrete foundations were shallow in...

THE CANAL AND RAILWAY BEING REPLACED NORTH OF MORRISTON: 1960’S

  Dominic Byrne sent another photo to me, this one of lorries and heavy plant removing the railway line which appeared in his  previous photo of the canal from Ynysforgan Railway Aqueduct.  This one was obviously taken on a beautiful drying day for the washing possibly from a neighbouring house. I think we are looking...

THE CANAL LOOKING SOUTH FROM THE YNYSFORGAN VIADUCT.

Dominic Byrne came across this photo of the Swansea Canal taken from the railway viaduct at Ynysforgan looking south towards Morriston. It was taken sometime in the 1960s.  The A4067 now runs over the scrub ground  on the extreme left of the photo  and Junction 45 of the M4 occupies the land to the north...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 24TH SEPT TO 30TH SEPT 2017

SUNDAY 24TH SEPT: This is the last Sunday Canoe Hire of the season. Rafts £10.00: Canoes, £7; kayaks £5 (doubles) and £4 (singles). We reopen in  the spring of next year. First hire 10.30am; last hire, 2.30pm. Full terms and conditions under ‘Canoe Hire’ on this website.   TUESDAY 26TH SEPT:  Work Party meets at...

WORK PARTIES AT CLYDACH LOCK IN PICTURES: 5.9.17 TO19.9.17

         

THE WEEK AHEAD: 17TH SEPTEMBER TO 23RD SEPT 2017.

SUNDAY 17 TH SEPTEMBER: Canoe hire in Coed Gwilym Park , Clydach from 10.30. to 13.30 (last hire). Canadian Canoes (3 seater) £7, double kayaks, £5, single kayaks £4. Full terms and conditions can be seen under ‘Canoe Hire’ on this website.  Enjoy the autumn colours along this lovely stretch of canal. SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER:...