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Rolle Canal Society guided walk

A guided walk, organised by the Rolle Canal & Northern Devon Waterways Society has been arranged to go from R.H.S. Gardens Rosemoor at Torrington to the head of the leat at Darkham Weir. Chris Hassall is the guide for the day but Hilary and Adrian attend, as society representatives.

The walk is very well supported […]

Heavy jigsaw puzzles

Trevor and Adrian begin to assemble the winding mechanism required to raise and lower the ground paddles. Because the ground paddles are much heavier than those in the gates they decide to incorporate a reduction drive. Modifying the mechanism means that the main winding shaft which connects with the rack has to have one end […]

Trevor has driving lessons.

While waiting for the falling tide to drain from the lock chamber Alistair gives Trevor a lesson in operating the RB crane. As soon as the apron is clear of water John sweeps clean the cills. Alistair once again uses the RB to lower the gate stop boards into place. Helped by Trevor the boards […]

Replacing the gate stops.

A whole gang of volunteers are on site today to help install the new gate stops. Firstly Trevor and Adrian connect newly charged batteries into the RB crane and Alistair starts the engine. Despite having not been run for nearly 6 months it fires up instantly. Alistair works the controls for a while to ease […]

More shoveling!

Adrian collects a load of rubble which he takes to the site and uses it to fill in hollows in the ground against the coping stones along the wharf wall. He then climbs down into the lock chamber and clears the build up of silt on the apron in preparation for replacing the gate stops […]