CRT warns on ‘crazy’ aqueduct risks

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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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