Swansea Ramblers build a bridge for the All Wales Coast Path
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.
Location of the new bridge
Carrying equipment to build the bridge
Unloading the bridge sections
Phil from the council unloading the bridge
Needs a lot of people to carry the heavy sections
Team work moves the heavy bridge sections
First of four main sections ready for assembly
Back for more sections
Awkward heavy pieces
Bolting two pieces together to make one half of the bridge
Section ready to carry across river
Bringing the next piece from cart
Carrying the first half across river
Moving section to the stone base
Holding the section ready to mount on base
Fixing the section into position
All those on one side and only Lynne on the other?
Dave and Simon prepared the base of the bridge
Looks like hard work
One side of bridge ready to mount once the drilling is finished
Chris, Dave and Simon from the council
A group of walkers look on bemused to find there is no way across yet
Mounting the first section
Ready to move the second half of bridge
Carrying the second half across river
Raising the section into position
Adjusting the end of the section to fit the mounting plate
Both halves now in place
Kim from the council and Lynne wait for the sections to be bolted into place
The bridge wasn't quite the prefab construction it was supposed to be
A lot of work was needed to correctly align the spans to the end sections
Roger, Ian and Roger work on the problem section
Chris from the council connecting the cross sections
Chris, Dave and Simon working on the other end of the bridge
Both ends of bridge are causing problems
Roger, Nigel and Ian working with Phil
Bridge almost finished
Ramblers using the completed bridge
Wooden cladding makes the bridge look like it is constructed from wood
Zetta explains to Ramblers how the their work party helped to build the bridge
All photographs Copyright 2010 Andrew Morgan. All rights reserved.