Deep dive into Northumberland and experience its amazing water-based
activities. Make the most of our coast with surfing, SUP boarding and
kayaking, watch our wildlife up-close on a boat trip, or enjoy a gentle row
along picturesque rivers. With a huge array of exciting water sports and
activities to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your style.
DO A DIVING COURSE WITH A CONSCIENCE
The Fifth Point Diving Centre specializes in adventures that protect the
ocean. From grey seal snorkel safaris, to beginners and advanced scuba
diving sessions, you will be sure to have a fantastic experience with the
guidance of expert instructors. All of their courses focus on the fundamental
skills and knowledge required for divers to protect marine ecosystems, and
they also hold regular beach and underwater clean ups that you can get
involved in too.
GO WITH THE FLOW AT FORD AND ETAL
Glide along the stunning River Till with Active 4 Seasons’ canoe trips in
Ford and Etal. Admire stunning views and an abundance of wildlife as you
row, and don’t worry if you’re new to canoeing, as the trips are completely
beginner-friendly and run by a guide who has been coaching in Ford and
Etal for over 22 years.
FIND OSPREYS AND EAT CANAPES
Wild Intrigue, in partnership with Kielder Waterside, are running a
fantastically quirky activity called the Ospreys and Canapes Cruise.
Celebrating Kielder’s outstanding conservation success story; the return of
the Osprey, the cruise sets sail on Kielder water at sunset and takes you to
spot the ospreys as they soar overhead and fish the tranquil water. Your
Wild Intrigue guide will share the history, ecology and inspiring conservation
story of the Osprey, and their expert eyes and ears will ensure you have the
best chance of watching the birds themselves. And of course, as the name
would suggest, delicious Canapés and prosecco will be served on board.
GET HOOKED AT TILL FISHING
Till Fishing is a fisherman’s paradise, and its situation in north
Northumberland, beside a private stretch of the unspoilt River Till, offers
excellent Trout, Salmon and Grayling fishing opportunities. From families
wanting to give fishing a first go, to expert anglers wanting to come and
experience Northumberland, Till Fishing is welcome to all and has its own
set of stunning, riverside cottages so you can wake up to water views every
day. If fishing isn’t your thing, wild swimming might be, and the cottages’
locations offer a serene spot for an invigorating morning swim or a refreshing
dip after a day of exploring.
STAY CURRENT WITH NORTHSIDE SURF SCHOOL
Amble based Northside Surf School offers surf and stand-up-paddle board
lessons on several beautiful beaches and rivers along the Northumberland
coast. If you’re an experienced surfer, you can also hire equipment and
discover Northumberland’s coastline independently. Owners and guides
here have over 30 years’ experience in international surfing, so you’re in
safe hands with their tailored surf coaching.
DO NOTHIN’ BUT LOOK FOR PUFFINS
Northumberland is renowned for its incredible wildlife boat trips, and
a visitor favourite is always a trip to The Farne Islands from Seahouses
Harbour. The harbour is lined with small huts selling boat trips, such as
Billy Shiels and Serenity, where you can either buy tickets on the day, or
you can buy online in advance. During spring and summer, you can head
out to see the hundreds of adorable puffins that return annually for the
mating season. While you’re en-route, you’ll also see grey seals and maybe
BE OAR-SOME WITH ADVENTURE NORTHUMBERLAND
Adventure Northumberland offers some incredible activities, and all of
them are water based. With them you can kayak with grey seals around
Coquet Island, coasteer from the rocky coastline at Howick, or kayak along
Craster’s stretch of coastline with Dunstanburgh Castle in clear view. There
are plenty more activities to choose from, so have a look for yourself and
explore Northumberland by water.
FIND YOUR PORPOISE WITH BERWICK BOAT TRIPS
Set sail from Berwick Quayside and try your luck at spotting majestic
dolphins at the mouth of the River Tweed. Sightings are extremely
common on these fantastic trips, and if you don’t happen to spot them, the
outings are still fantastic with regular grey seal spottings and an abundance
of history to learn along the way. Choose from a selection of cruises,
including a romantic sunset cruise, a historical cruise up the River Tweed,
and a wildlife cruise out to the mouth of the river and into the North Sea.
TAKE A SIP BY THE SEA AT THE DRIFT CAFE
The excellent, seafront Drift Cafe is renowned for its staggering sea views,
freshly cooked food and homemade cakes. A firm favourite with locals and
visitors, their highly rated new addition, The Drift Chippy, serves delicious
fish and twice fried chips. You can head inside the café to enjoy the decor
and browse second hand books, paintings and prints, or sit outside and
soak up the sunshine while you look out over the sand dunes.
So pack your swimming trunks, costumes and wetsuits and discover
Northumberland by water when you next visit.