The Tyne catchment is one of the best venues for canoeing and kayaking in the UK. There is a mixture of flat flowing water (grade 2) and more challenging water (up to grade 4).
There are many stretches available to paddle in.
The River Tyne, North Tyne, South Tyne, River Allen, Devils Water and other stretches are subject to The Tyne Access Agreement between the British Canoe Union and The Tyne Riparian Owners and Occupiers Association.
Summary of Tyne Access Agreement
- 1st November – 31st January No restriction on canoeing as long as usual access/egress points are used.
- 1st February – mid-summer Paddling in high water conditions allowed. Discretion is required when anglers are encountered. Generally, the earlier in the year, the higher up the system and the higher the water levels, the less conflict.
- Mid-summer – 31st August Canoeing in spate conditions only. Usually at this time of year, the water levels are too low for paddling.
- 1st September – 31st October No canoeing at all. (Exceptions are: Tyne Green, Hexham and within the boundaries of the Countryside Park at Prudhoe. Both are subject to separate council agreements.)
The Canoe England website has information about canoe clubs in the Tyne area.