Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River North Tyne

The North Tyne is one of the two main tributaries of the Tyne above Hexham, and is a great place for canoeing and kayaking.

The river flows from Kielder Dam to just upstream of Tyne Green at Hexham. Most of the river is Grade I with bits of Grade 2, but the section at Wardens Gorge is probably Grade 3. This makes it a popular spot for whitewater canoeing, and much of it is suitable for beginners.

The river needs a certain amount of water to be suitable for canoeing, in low water it will be too much of a scrape. There is an access agreement in place which is surprisingly sensible.

The river is the main destination of the annual Tyne Tour, one of the biggest canoe and kayak events of the year.

Paddle Point
Bellingham, Northumberland NE48, UK

An easy moving water canoe route through the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. Grade I to II.

A good introduction to easy whitewater.

The Tyne has a BCU approved access agreement http://www.canoenortheast.org.uk/imagemanager/file/TyneAccessAgreeement.pdf

Visit Song of the Paddle to read a blog of this route

Paddle Point
Bellingham, Northumberland NE48, UK

Small car park at the top of the field. If parking on roadside, DO NOT BLOCK road or junction.

The Tyne is subject to a BCU approved agreement http://www.canoenortheast.org.uk/imagemanager/file/TyneAccessAgreeement.pdf

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Local enquiries(at the village pub - and a very good lunch available here too!) indicate that this launch site is open to the public via the village football field but the right of way is uncertain. There is a public footpath approach to the get in 100 metres along the road towards the village, with signs for canoe access but there is a stile to negotiate and the narrow path is overgrown. The actual access to the get in is down a steep bank. The River Tyne basin is subject to a BCU Access Agreement, see here -
http://www.canoenortheast.org.uk/imagemanager/file/TyneAccessAgreeement.pdf

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Grade 2 when River North Tyne is in flood or Northumbrian Water performs water release from Kielder Reservoir. Keep to river right when going downstream (river left is Grade 3 and with several unseen obstructions, difficult for OC but achievable for kayaks). River Tyne basin is subject to Access Agreement, see here for details
http://www.canoenortheast.org.uk/imagemanager/file/TyneAccessAgreeement.pdf

Paddle Point

Gently sloping weir 200 metres downstream from Chollerford Bridge, approximately 12' drop. Keep to left side of salmon chute in centre. No evidence of washing machine, but caution is urged.

Paddle Point
Acomb, Northumberland NE46, UK

Grade 2/3 when River Tyne is in flood or Northumbrian Water perform water Release from Kielder Reservoir. The is no get out for next mile as Warden Gorge has cliffs river right and left bak is an SSSI. River Tyne basin is subject to access Agreement, for details see here
http://www.canoenortheast.org.uk/imagemanager/file/TyneAccessAgreeement.pdf.

Paddle Point
Acomb, Northumberland NE46, UK

Grade 3/4 for 200 metres when River North Tyne is in flood or water release performed by Northumbrian Water. There is definitely no get out through the Gorge, high banks river right and river left banks are SSSI. River Tyne basin subject to Access Agreement, for details see here
http://www.canoenortheast.org.uk/imagemanager/file/TyneAccessAgreeement.pdf