Swansea Canal

Swansea Canal

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Swansea Canal is an attractive green corridor and pleasant setting for a stroll.

In-filling of much of the original canal has taken place in the past 50 years, and just five miles of the canal remains in water at the present time. The canal is navigable around Clydach and Pontardawe. Swansea Canal was built in the years 1794 to 1798 and was the first major structure in the valley, providing a valuable transport route, plus water and power, for trade and industry.

Whilst the industry associated with the canal is now all but gone, Swansea Canal now provides a valuable wildlife corridor, comprising of standing water, bankside tree cover with associated ground flora. The site is of high importance to local wildlife, and is of potential interest to protected species such as water voles, otter and several bat species.
A Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC 225)

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