Recent News Post

April 2016



The Thomas Dadford returns to the Neath canal for the 2015 season



The Neath & Tennant Canals Trust are presenting a static display documenting the history of the Neath canals at the learning centre, Victoria Gardens, Orchard Street,Neath. SA11 3BH from 17th -25th April 2015. ( on Saturday 18th & 25th Mike Jones will be in attendance between 10:00 – 4:00 to provide additional information and field any enquiries)


The Thomas Dadford was recently chartered for a unique canalside wedding at St. Illtyd’s church, Lantwit.

Thomas Dadford leaving Castle Quay to collect a Bride

Thomas Dadford leaving Castle Quay to collect a Bride




St. Illtyd's Church, Lantwit

St. Illtyd’s Church, Lantwit


A number of Parishioners of Paraclete Church, Newton, Mumbles, Swansea, recently chartered the Thomas Dadford (crewed by Martyn and Edwin) for a Sunday afternoon picnic and visit to the Trust workshops at Tonna lock, followed by a cruise downstream to attend the 3:00pm service at the canalside Church of St. Illtud.


Picnic time at Tonna lock

Picnic time at Tonna lock


Off to Church

Off to Church


Thanks to NCN staff for recently taking to the canal in the weedcutter to help keep the navigable channel clear of weed



A solitary kayaker recently spotted making his way downstream from Aberdulias to Tyn yr Heol lock, Tonna

Off for a paddle

Off for a paddle


Volunteers from the Neath Animal Sanctuary turned out on a Sunday afternoon to help clear the canal of litter between Neath Town Centre and Tonna lock

Canal litter pick

Canal litter pick

With one group on board to collect litter from the non-towpath bank, and another scouring the towpath, the Thomas Dadford was soon transformed into a floating refuse cart

Thomas Dadford becomes a refuse cart for the day

Thomas Dadford becomes a refuse cart for the day

At the end of a “Rubbish” day 16 sacks of rubbish were brought back to castle quay. A hearty “thank you” to the community spirit of the Neath Animal Sanctuary

What a rubbish day

What a rubbish day



ALERT !!               Protection of the line of the Neath Canal

The entire line of the Neath Canal has hitherto been protected by the Local Authority.

Neath Port Talbot CBC’s current Local Development Plan – which will provide the proposals and policies to control developments for the next 15 years – has excluded the line of the canal above Ysgwrfa Bridge (south of Glynneath).

The Trust  – together with a number of other ‘stakeholders’ – has formally objected and proposed that protection be re-instated for the line of the canal between Ysgwrfa Bridge and Manor Drive. As a consequence, this section has been identified by NPTCBC as an ‘Alternative Site’. Such sites are currently the subject of public consultation- as per the NPTCBC web-site / posters placed in the vicinity of the site.

Whereas the Trust historically has sought to protect the remainder of the line of the canal in Glynneath, its restoration and regeneration is now considered to be impracticable and the site is earmarked for mixed housing development.

The Trust believes that the retention of the line of the canal below Manor Drive is an essential requirement for the successful regeneration of the northern section of the canal in terms of recreation and tourism and to maintain the historic association of the canal with Glynneath.

Your assistance in formally registering your support for this ‘Alternative site’ by March 10th would be greatly appreciated.



5 Responses to Recent News Post

  1. martin Smith says:

    The Swansea LDP is currently out for public consultation and, while the in-water portions of the Swansea and Tennant canals are likely to remain protected, the reserved lines connecting the Swansea Canal and the Tennant Canal to Swansea Docks for the projected Swansea and Neath Valleys Waterway Network are not necessarily going to be included in this protection.

    The relevant paragraphs in the LDP Culture and Heritage supporting document read:

    10.19 Further consideration is required to determine the need for detailed policies relating to the safeguarding of the line of the proposed canal link in the Deposit Plan.

    10.21 Further detailed consideration is required to determine whether this area of safeguarding should be carried forward into the Deposit Plan.

    Both Swansea Canal Society and the Inland Waterways Association will be putting in detailed documents supporting the safeguarding of the entire existing and proposed canals but it is important that as many individuals as possible also write to Swansea Council in support.

    The deadline for all submissions is 31st October 2013.

    The full details of the LDP can be found at if you are prepared to wade through the entire thing.

    You can submit your response in any of three ways:

    The feedback form at

    Email to

    or call 01792 635744 to obtain a form to return by post to:
    Planning Policy Team,
    City and County of Swansea,
    Room 2.6.2,
    Civic Centre,
    Oystermouth Road,
    SA1 3SN

    Thanking you in advance for your efforts on behalf of the canal.

  2. Sue says:

    Are the boat trips still running due to the nice weather?

  3. Michael Coulter says:

    Hello Martyn I have been reading everything about the Swansea integrated canal proposal and found it very interesting. I have been on the Thomas Dadford and have been reading a couple of negative posts about the trip boat not running, i have been boating on my own 23′ cruiser on river and canal for 6 years now and would be interested in taking the helm with the necessary training given.

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