Photo: The Swansea Canal at Pontardawe, Wales by Hywel Williams
The Swansea Canal flowed for 16 miles from Swansea Docks to Abercrave. About 6 miles remain in water from Clydach to Ynysmeudwy. Parts of other bridges, locks and aqueducts (some CADW listed) can also be found along the 10 miles which are no longer navigable.
The Canal in water is owned by Glandwr Cymru (the Canal and River Trust in Wales) and its route north of Ynysmeudwy is owned by Neath and Port Talbot Council.
The Swansea Canal Society works with the Canal and River Trust to maintain and restore the canal. The Society also runs a canoe and kayak hire between Clydach and Trebanos Lower lock each summer. We are a founder member of the Swansea Bay Inland Waterways Partnership which aims to link the Swansea Canal to the Neath and Tennant Canals via the Prince of Wales Dock in Swansea, thus forming a 35 mile navigable waterway.
The Society has been donated 120 yards of canal piped under an old Highways Yard by the City and County of Swansea. The Society will create a new towpath there for cyclists and walkers as part of Sustrans National route 43 and, in partnership with Glandwr Cymru, restore both the lock and canal section to full working use.
The SCS members are all volunteers and meet for weekly work parties each Tuesday. The Society aims to be part of the local community and works with schools, businesses and disability groups in the area. Our aims are:-
1. To promote the history and heritage of the canal.
2. To protect its wildlife.
3. To restore the canal to navigable standards.
4. To improve the canal environment for the health and benefit of all visitors.