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Swansea Ramblers build a bridge for the All Wales Coast Path



25th March 2010


Swansea Ramblers joined the council workforce at Nicholaston Pill in Gower to erect a new bridge across the stream.   The big freeze had only just thawed so the water was very cold - as we found out when we had to wade into it to position the bridge!   The bridge replaced an earlier one that was prone to flooding at high tides.   This was a missing link in the ongoing All Wales Coast Path development which will be officially opened on 5th May 2012.




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Location of the new bridge



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Carrying equipment to build the bridge



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Unloading the bridge sections



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Phil from the council unloading the bridge



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Needs a lot of people to carry the heavy sections



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Team work moves the heavy bridge sections



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First of four main sections ready for assembly



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Back for more sections



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Awkward heavy pieces



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Bolting two pieces together to make one half of the bridge



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Section ready to carry across river



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Bringing the next piece from cart



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Carrying the first half across river



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Moving section to the stone base



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Holding the section ready to mount on base



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Fixing the section into position



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All those on one side and only Lynne on the other?



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Dave and Simon prepared the base of the bridge



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Looks like hard work



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One side of bridge ready to mount once the drilling is finished



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Chris, Dave and Simon from the council



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A group of walkers look on bemused to find there is no way across yet



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Mounting the first section



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Ready to move the second half of bridge



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Carrying the second half across river



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Raising the section into position



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Adjusting the end of the section to fit the mounting plate



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Both halves now in place



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Kim from the council and Lynne wait for the sections to be bolted into place



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The bridge wasn't quite the prefab construction it was supposed to be



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A lot of work was needed to correctly align the spans to the end sections



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Roger, Ian and Roger work on the problem section



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Chris from the council connecting the cross sections



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Chris, Dave and Simon working on the other end of the bridge



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Both ends of bridge are causing problems



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Roger, Nigel and Ian working with Phil



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Bridge almost finished



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Ramblers using the completed bridge



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Wooden cladding makes the bridge look like it is constructed from wood



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Zetta explains to Ramblers how the their work party helped to build the bridge


All photographs Copyright 2010 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved.


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