Kent and East Sussex Canal Restoration Group
Wey and Arun Canal July 1st/2nd 2006
This was out first visit to the Wey and Arun since September 05. Our task was to prepare the site for contractors starting the demolition of Brewhusrt lock the following week. We in turn were due back at the end of the month for a week as part of the 3 week camp rebuilding the lock.
July 2005 saw us starting the work to build a new lock the other side of the B2133 to drop the level of the canal to get under the road. This in turn means Brewhusrt lock (the next downstream) needs to be lowered. Fort more information please take a look at the B2133 crossing pages on the Wey and Arun Trust web site.
Our main job for the weekend was to lay an access track from the end of the trust car park for the trip boat to the end of the field. This included providing a crossing over the ditch to allow the contractorsto build a ramp up to the towpath. We also had to clear and level a footpath to allow the towpath to be diverted during the works to allow access to the trip boat jetty below Brewhurst
Supplied with a huge pile of recycled road chippings, two diggers (eventually), two dumpers (eventually!) and a roller we got down to business.
Once the track path had been excavated, the teram laid we tipped road chippings on top.
The chippings were in initially levelled with an excavator and then by hard manual graft
Once levelled the track was compacted by yours truly on the roller
Meanwhile the trip boat was chugging away in the canal up on the embankment beside us
The last time the lock will look like this, the final trip for Zachariah Keppel before the lock is modified.
Despite scorching weather we finished the access track, footpath and all the other bits and pieces ready for the contractors and then our camp in a few weeks time.