Swansea Canal Camp 2019

Swansea Canal

Location: South Wales

Activities: Heritage construction skills

Summary: The Swansea Canal originally ran for 16.5 miles. It was steeply graded and 36 locks were needed to enable it to rise 373 feet over its length. Subsequently, parts of it were closed and filled in but around 6 miles of it remains in water. Volunteers will be working at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock clearing the chamber walls of vegetation, repointing with lime mortar, painting the safety rails and clearing the overgrown pound between the Upper and Lower Locks.

Camp Code   Dates   Leadership Team   Cook
CC201917 24th – 31st August   Darren Shepherd & Martin Danks Beverley Williams

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Where is it? At Swansea Bay, South Wales. The Swansea Canal originally climbed 115 metres through 36 locks from sea level at Swansea up the valley to Abercraf. Like most canals in South Wales, the lock chambers are built entirely of fairly thin courses of stone rather than brickwork used on most English canals.

What is the work for the camps? This summer volunteers will be working at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock clearing the chamber walls of vegetation, repointing with lime mortar, painting the safety rails and clearing the overgrown pound between the Upper and Lower Locks. This is a great camp for all abilities whether you are a beginner or a more experienced ‘navvy’.

Why is it important? 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. At this camp, Waterway Recovery Group is working with the Swansea Canal Society to restore Swansea canal. The Society aims to be part of the local community and works with schools, businesses and disability groups in the area to safegaurd the heritage, local environment and restore back to navigation. 

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What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task! 

Accomodation: 1st Ynyscedwyn Scout Hut, Tir Y Waun off Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais, Powys SA9 1QL

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