Waterway Recovery Group Canal Camps
Canal Camp 2011
In July 2011 we worked on Drapers Lock, just north of Pentre Lane, Cwmbran. I also learned a few of the secrets of lime mortar, and discovered the lock-keeper's cottage fireplace.
Canal Camp 2009
I had the satisfying job of digging out a long-disused overflow channel alongside Tyfynnon Lock.
Canal Camp 2008
The aqueduct across Malpas Brook, north of Malpas junction and just beside the M4 motorway, was leaking, and it was our job to block the cracks in the aqueduct sides.
Along my local canals
The Nottingham Canal
We have walked the towpath of the Nottingham Canal several times.

Coming soon!

The Erewash Canal
The Erewash Canal towpath is great for cycling. I've even played wind-band music on the Erewash!
The Grantham Canal
This canal will one day be reopened, but for the moment we share it with wildlife and walkers.
Canal miscellany
An album of canal images.


Canals were one of the enablers of the "Industrial Revolution." Until superseded by railways, canals carried vast amounts of fuel, food, building materials, raw materials and finished goods to and from manufacturing centres, cities and rural backwaters. Railways robbed them of much of their trade, and they declined rapidly, but ironically many canals have survived, at least as industrial monuments, while railways have vanished.

I'm a canal enthusiast. For me, as they burrow almost unseen through great cities, or meander through idyllic countryside, they offer a mix of industrial archaeology, the open air, recreation and ever-changing interest. Recently I've begun to volunteer for the Waterway Recovery Group, spending a happy, muddy week each July helping to restore the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in South Wales.

This section of my web site records my experiences as a volunteer. It also includes some canalside walks and cycle rides.