There are lots of opportunities to paddle in this area, specifically to the Inner or Outer Farne Islands, as well as trips along the coast to Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster. At this time of year, the bird and grey seal colonies on the islands should be amazing. There are up to 150,00 birds in the breeding colonies here in the season, and you should see Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Cormorants, Shags, Eiders (Known locally as Cuddy’s Ducks as when he was a hermit here St Cuthbert used to feed them from his hands) and other numerous terns and gulls. You usually can land and explore the many historical remains on the Inner Farne, but this is a National Trust site and you will need to pay a fee or take your membership card with you if you want to explore above the high-water mark. You are well advised to bring a hat due to the attention you will get from some of the sea birds if you land. We can also land and lunch on Longstone in the Outer Farne group of islands.
We will choose day trips that are suitable to the experience of the groups and the weather. Our main objectives of the weekend are to bring likeminded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips. For those with less experience the weekend is an opportunity for you to be guided safely to coastal areas you may not feel are within your reach or current experience. We may divide up if it makes sense to do so.
This event will be based at Beadnell Bay Camping and Caravaning Club Site close to Seahouses on the Northumberland coast – PC NE67 5BX GR NU231296 – Telephone 01665 720586 from the Friday evening.
A block booking has been made for camping for two nights – but you will need to individually settle with the site. Sign in at reception and mention you are with the “Cumbria Canoeists” group and they will direct you to our allocated area.
We will convene at 09h00 each morning to explain & plan the day trips, shuttles etc. We will have a full day on Saturday and a slightly shorter day on Sunday (finish by 16h00) to allow people to get away on their return journeys.
This weekend is not a coaching course but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders who will help you learn new skills.
This event is suitable for paddlers with some kayaking experience, but not necessarily on the sea, as well as others with more experience, who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips. Maximum 16 participants. This event is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience. We would like to welcome some newcomers to sea kayaking to this event.
Using a specific sea kayak is very important, so if you do not have one please borrow or hire one from a club or commercially. Cumbria Canoeists have three sea kayaks and related kit that are available for a small donation.
Personal paddling equipment, adequate gear, a change of clothes, food and drink for each day’s paddle are essential - Paddler Kit lists are available here.
Responsibility for camping and cooking each day will be left with the participants, but do not hesitate to ask for any further guidance.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £45 payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event reference as the BACS payment reference, and ensure your bank details are up to date in your Paddler Registration. This is to make sure we can track payments.
If you are not a member of British Canoeing, we have to arrange membership equivalent liability insurance cover for you for on the water session (applies to all participants and guides). The cost is £5 per person per event; Alternatively, we would encourage BC adult membership at £45 or £65 for a couple per annum. Please add the insurance charge to the event fee payment.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of this page.