Activities: Lift bridge construction and towpath improvement
Summary: The Wey and Arun Canal was opened in 1816 as a safe route from London to ports in Portsmouth. Two hundred years after its closure, the Wey & Arun Canal, is being restored to bring London’s lost route to the sea back to life! Volunteers on these camps will be working towards building one of two new lift bridges needed to bring the canal back into navigation. This camp is a perfect opportunity for budding engineers and construction enthusiasts to experience first-hand what it takes to work on a significant infrastructure project
|Camp Code||Dates||Leadership Team||Cook|
|CC201903||6th - 13th July||Bill Nicholson & Graham Hawkes (NWPG)||Susan Webster|
|CC201906||13th - 20th July||Rob Nicholson & Sam Doe||Clare Sawyer|
|CC201909||20th - 27th July||Stephen Davis & Ian Williamson (KESCRG)||
Where is it? Surrey. The 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal – comprising the combined Arun Navigation and the Wey & Arun Junction Canal – was once the national inland waterway network’s only connection to the English Channel. The canal route runs from the Godalming Navigation of the River Wey at Shalford, near Guildford in Surrey, to the River Arun at Pallingham, near Pulborough in West Sussex.
What is the work for the camps? Over the three weeks this years volunteers will start the constructing on a new lift bridge over the canal creating the foundations and starting the building of the abutments, as well as undertaking some towapth improvment works. Both projects will provide construction opportunities for volunteers.
Why is it important? Now known as London's Lost Route to the Sea, in the 19th Century it was a safe route from the capital to ports such as Portsmouth at times when shipping following the South Coast was at risk from attack by the French navy. Restoration of the waterway started in 1971 and since then, more than half the route has been worked on, with 12 locks, 24 bridges and two aqueducts restored or rebuilt. The aim is to make the whole route navigable once more!
What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task!
Accomodation: Kirdford Village Hall, Kirdford, West Sussex, RH14 0LY
Price: £70 includes all food and accomodation for the week and plenty of tea and cake.