Restoration

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 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:...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (17): MOVING THE CABIN.

Well, they have done it. The cabin has been moved  50 yards to its new position in the corner of the yard on the Capel Road side. The three men pictured above, namely Wayne, Gordon and Cerrith, did it using the mighty machine shown below left. It took most of last Friday to do, of...

CLYDACH LOCK WORK PARTY 12.9.17.

Many of the new timber sleepers have now been placed along the length of the top of the offside lock chamber.  All the rotten timbers have been removed but some slight alterations to the position of the new reinforcing support timbers will be necessary. We were pleased to be able to display the Gower Society...