Canoeing through tunnels

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While there are plenty of tunnels you can paddle through, there are many more you can't for safety reasons. Here are our top tips for staying safe while paddling through the list of tunnels below.

For your own safety, you’re not allowed to paddle (canoes, kayaks or paddle boards) through some of our canal tunnels. Especially on parts of some larger river navigations. But there are several on the list below you can paddle through.

Tips for paddling through a tunnel

But first, here are our top tips for staying safe while paddling through a tunnel:

  1. Always check before paddling through a tunnel. There may be an oncoming narrowboat
  2. You must carry a light (such as a head torch) and whistle to warn other craft that you're there
  3. Where possible, travel through in groups
  4. You can travel through a tunnels listed below
  5. Please check for local restrictions because of potential smoke and fumes or a towpath or grab chains are in use

You can find more information and a video about travelling through tunnels in our boating pages.

For more tips on staying safe, visit the British Canoeing website.

Tunnels open for canoes and other unpowered craft

Tunnel name Canal Length in metres Method of working
Ashford Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal 343 One-way working
Ashted Digbeth Branch, BCN 102 One-way working
Barnton Trent & Mersey Canal 525 One-way working
Bath no 1 Kennet & Avon Canal 50 One-way working
Bath no 2 Kennet & Avon Canal 54 One-way working
Brandwood Stratford Upon Avon Canal 322 Two-way working
Bruce (Savernake) Kennet & Avon Canal 458 One-way working
Chirk Llangollen Canal 421 One-way working
Cookley Staffordshire & Worcester Canal 59 One-way working
Cosley Wolverhampton Level, BCN 329 Two-way working
Cowley Shropshire Union Canal 74 Two-way working
Curdworth Birmingham & Fazeley Canal 52 One-way working
Curzon Birmingham & Fazeley Canal (Digbeth Branch) 147 One-way working
Drakeholes Chesterfield Canal 135 One-way working
Dunhampstead Worcester & Birmingham Canal 210 Two-way working
Dunsley Staffordshire & Worcester Canal 21 One-way working
Edgebaston Worcester & Birmingham Canal 97 Two-way working
Ellesmere Llangollen Canal 80 One-way working
Froghall Caldon Canal 68 One-way working
Galton Birmingham Main Line 122 One-way working
Gannow Leeds & Liverpool Canal 511 One-way working
Gostly Hill Dudley Canal 509 One-way working
Hyde Bank Peak Forest Canal 285 One-way working
Leek Caldon Canal 119 One-way working
Maida Hill (Authorised unpowered craft only) Regents Canal 249 One-way working
Newbold Oxford Canal 189 Two-way working
Saltersford Trent & Mersey Canal 368 See note below*
Scout Huddersfield Narrow Canal 188 One-way working
Shrewley Grand Union Canal 396 Two-way working
Snarestone Ashby Canal 228 One-way working
Summit Birmingham Main Line 102 Two-way working
Whitehouses Llangollen Canal 174 One-way working
Woodley (Butterhouse Green) Peak Forest Canal 153 One-way working

*Saltersford method of working - North Bound - enter on the hour and have 20 minutes to travel through. South Bound - enter on the half hour and have 20 minutes to travel

Last date edited: 19 June 2020