After Cullercoats Bay was recently named one of the best places to paddle in the UK, we decided to round up some of our other favourite spots to get on the water across the North East and beyond.
1. St Mary’s and Seaton Sluice
This is a quiet stretch of coastline, where you’re almost guaranteed to see Grey Seals. Rocky reefs, steep cliffs and the iconic backdrop of St Mary’s Island make this an incredibly scenic paddle. You can even finish with a refreshing beer at the King’s Arms in Seaton Sluice.
2. South Shields and Souter
South of the River Tyne, you’ll find a jagged coastline, secluded coves, and caves for endless exploration. In the summer months, the rock stacks are teeming with birdlife, and it’s also common to find dolphins playing in the water around here.
3. River Coquet (Amble)
Offering one of the most scenic paddles in the region. As you meander along this winding river, you get to enjoy spectacular views of Warkworth Castle, which is believed to date back to the 12th Century. There are also some great spots to stop and have a picnic.
Ullswater is at the gateway to Lake District National Park and just 90 minutes from Newcastle. Enjoy epic mountain views as you paddle this glittering jewel. The National Trust car park at Glencoyne Bay is a great place to launch from.
5. River Wansbeck (Ashington)
The River Wansbeck is perfect if you’re looking for a more gentle pace. The tree-lined banks create a fantastic habitat for wildlife and offer shelter from the wind. You might even strike it lucky and see a deer.