Neap tide tunnelling

Harriet out of tunnel

When the tide is right we can sneak under the Dartmouth – Paignton railway embankment (click image for original) into a small pool where we can practice whitewater tricks in the water rushing through the culvert, and also practice getting back into our boats if the tricks don’t work. Then we either have to wait for the tide to turn or paddle through the culvert against the tidal stream. That’s why our paddles have furry edges.


Some bold people just paddle down the tunnel even when a spring tide is rushing in.

It is a very effective one way street, with a shallow and very fast fall at the end. Fortunately there is another way back, as Adrian is demonstrating below.