First, here are some top tips to keep you safe.
Important information for paddling through a tunnel
- Always check before paddling through a tunnel. There may be an oncoming narrowboat.
- You must use a forward facing bright light (such as a head torch not less than 80 Lumen) and whistle to warn other craft that you're there.
- Where possible, travel through in groups.
- Please check for local guidance and restrictions, in case of potential smoke and fumes, or if grab chains are in use.
You can find more information and a video about travelling through tunnels in our boating pages.
Paddling over aqueducts
Check the aqueduct's page on our website as well as local guidance to find out whether you can paddle over it.
There are different rules depending on how you are paddling. For example, stand-up paddleboards are not allowed on aqueducts without any safety railings at the side, such as Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Others, such as Chirk Aqueduct, do have railings, so paddleboarding is allowed.