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CRT warns on ‘crazy’ aqueduct risks

PUBLISHED: 13:12 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 07 September 2018

Paddle boarders are urged to walk on the towpath (photo: CRT)

Paddle boarders are urged to walk on the towpath (photo: CRT)

CRT

Concerned at those taking risks crossing the Pontcysyllte on the Llangollen Canal, the Canal & River Trust has launched a campaign to encourage people to cross safely

Concerned at daredevil cyclists and paddle boarders taking risks crossing Britain’s highest aqueduct, the Canal & River Trust has launched the PontySafety campaign to encourage people to cross the Pontcysyllte safely.

With no railings on the non-towpath side of the 126ft high structure carrying the Llangollen Canal above the River Dee, CRT says that dozens of stand-up paddle boarders are “putting themselves and others at risk” by paddling across the aqueduct. And cyclists riding on the narrow towpath are at risk of colliding with walkers.

CRT engagement manager Ani Sutton, a paddle boarder herself, said “I know how easy it is to get blown over or off course. The aqueduct has its own micro climate, with sudden gusts of wind. Anyone who stands up on a paddle board across the aqueduct, with no safety railings, is taking crazy risks.” The Trust urges them to walk along the towpath, towing their paddle board in the water behind them – and cyclists to dismount and wheel their bike across.

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