Swansea Canal Camp 2020

Swansea Canal

Location: Swansea Bay, South Wales

Activities: Heritage construction skills

Summary: This Camp is a perfect opportunity for volunteers to learn heritage restoration skills whilst making a positive contribution to the local area. The volunteers will work at Trebanos Lower Lock to rebuild and repoint the lock chamber, reinforce the banks and repair the chamber features. Dredging of the 1 mile section in 2019 below Lower Trebanos Lock means that a navigable working lock here is now a top  priority for the  Canal. 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.

Camp Code   Dates   Leadership Team   Cook
CC202004 4th – 11th July  Martin Danks & Chris Bent

Beverley Williams

Fully Booked

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 Trebanos Lower Lock to rebuild and repoint the lock chamber, reinforce the banks and repair the chamber features  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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