Avoid strong northerly or easterly winds as you’ll have a headwind to battle home against. After prolonged heavy rain the river can burst its banks at the launch, the stream can be fierce and there might be submerged hazards in the water. Check conditions via our SUP Weather page. Nesting swans in late spring and later with signets in early summer can be protective – give them room and stay confident as you paddle past. Look out for fishermen and be courteous by giving them a wide berth. Steer clear of weirs, which are always signposted near the locks.