Grantham Canal Camp

Dates: 21st-28th October

Where is it?

WRG will be working at Lock 15, near Woolsthorpe, Vale of Belvoir (nearish to Grantham).

What's the work for this year's Camps?

WRG is supporting Canal & River Trust's and Grantham Canal Society's successful HLF bid to restore locks 14 and 15. The emphasis of the bid is to undertake restoration work using volunteers and allow people to learn waterway heritage construction skills.

In the summer of 2016 WRG volunteers spend 3,200 hours helping restore lock 15 - laying bricks, helping with concrete pours and earth moving. In 2017 we will be returning to complete the restoration of lock 15 before hopefully moving onto the next project - lock 14.

Set in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, with excellent local support and the chance to learn how to bricklay, these will be popular camps!

Click here to see what kind of work we did last year. 

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History of the canal

Opened in 1797, the Grantham Canal climbed through 18 locks along the 33 miles from the River Trent in Nottingham to Grantham. It was modestly successful but by the mid-19th century a parallel railway had opened. In 1936 the last trade ended and the canal closed.

During the years of dereliction, the Grantham Canal has become a valuable wetland habitat for local wildlife. The restoration work aims to preserve and enhance its value for wildlife, whilst opening up the canal and making it fully navigable once more. With towpath improvement works the area is now popular with many cyclists and walkers and is a real asset to the local area.

Four miles and the top three locks at Woolsthorpe have been restored, plus a length at Cotgrave. The aim is to extend the restored length down through the rest of the Woolsthorpe Locks and onto the 20 mile long pound. That’s where WRG comes in!

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What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task, but if you can bricklay or would like to learn then this is the camp for you!

When is the Canal Camp?

Saturday 21st October-Saturday 28th October

Leadership Team:
Rob Nicholson
Cook: Volunteer Now

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