Wilts & Berks Canal Camps 2020

steppingstone Bridge

Photo credit: Tim Lewis

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CAMP DETAILS

Location: Wiltshire

Activities: Bridge Restoration

Summary: Returning to the Wilts & Berks Canal after a number of years away, volunteers are being deployed to reveal and rebuild the foundation stones and wingwalls of Steppingstone bridge. Volunteers supporting the project over the two weeks will have plenty of opportunity to undertake both heritage and modern construction techniques. The 52-mile (84 km) canal was opened in 1810, but abandoned in 1914 and with much of the original canal line lost permanently; volunteers are working to both restore what is left and creating new routes.

Camp Code 
Date  Leadership Team  Cook 
CC202012 1st - 8th August  Chris Blaxland & Rhiannon Smith TBC
CC202013 8th - 15th August Mike Palmer & Becky Parr TBC

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Where is it? The 52-mile (84 km) canal was opened in 1810, but abandoned in 1914 and with much of the original canal line lost permanently; volunteers are working to both restore what is left and creating new routes. The Wilts & Berks Canal is a canal in the counties of Wiltshire and Berkshire,  linking the Kennet and Avon Canal at Semington, near Melksham, to the River Thames at Abingdon. The North Wilts Canal merged with it to become a branch to the Thames and Severn Canal at Latton near Cricklade.

What is the work for the camps? Returning to the Wilts & Berks Canal after a number of years away, volunteers are being deployed to reveal and rebuild the foundation stones and wingwalls of Steppingstone bridge. Volunteers supporting the project over the two weeks will have plenty of opportunity to undertake both heritage and modern construction techniques. 

Why is important?  In 2006 WRG rebuilt the collapsed arch and in 2007/08 volunteers continued restoration work on the structure. Now 12 years later WRG are returning to reveal and then rebuild the foundation stones and wingwalls of the Steppingstones Bridge. Whilst the bridge itself in good repair; the wingwalls are in need of restoration and the foundation repaired.

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

Accomodation: Bourton Social Club, Bourton, Swindon, SN6 8HZ

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