Sea Kayak Adventure

This adventure takes place from the harbour at Craster and we travel south along with one of Northumberland’s more rugged stretches of shoreline. We navigate around rugged reefs, under cliffs and visit hidden coves, secret caves, and secluded sandy beaches.

The day starts at Craster, where we meet you and issue equipment. Boats are already at the water's edge. We start with a short lesson on how best to control your boat, then head away from Craster towards Howick. We will explore the caves and reefs, where possible try a little riding of the surf.

We will stop for drinks and a little explore of the shore on foot.

This trip lasts 4 to 5 hours. You will need a packed lunch, we will have stoves and the makings for hot drinks.

We will stop regularly to explore the hidden sections of the shoreline.

When do we offer this Adventure?

We run sessions in July and August, however, the trip is weather-dependent. You also need to be in a group of 2 or 4 as we only use tandem sea kayaks on the trip. At present this only runs on a Monday. If you have a group of 4 or more and want to book an alternate day, please contact us.

Equipment:

We will supply the kayaks and a wet suit as well as safety equipment. In warm weather, you may wish to wear your own clothes, shorts & T-Shirts are perfectly acceptable (just remember the sun cream and that you will get wet).

We suggest you bring footwear with laces that you are happy to get wet, training shoes are ideal. Neoprene/wetsuit shoes are not suitable.

If you choose to use one of our wet-suit you will need a swimsuit for underneath and a towel to dry off afterward. You are welcome to use your own wetsuit if you prefer.

Ability Level: Ideally you will have kayaked before and be comfortable paddling up to 5 miles distance. You may also have to lift and carry your kayak (up to 25kg) over a short distance, this is done working in pairs.

Conditions:

We need a minimum of 2 to run a session and you must book in pairs. We regret we cannot take loan paddlers on this trip. We do not use single-seated boats.

Weight Limits: We only use tandem kayaks. these have a combined load weight of 200 kegs and should be evenly loaded front and back. If we are unable to create an even distribution then I am sorry we will not let you start the trip and will refund you accordingly. Please contact us to discuss if you have any doubts.

Adverse Weather:

This trip is very weather dependent and as such we have a high cancellation rate on this particular activity. Our operating level is a wind 10mph or less and gusts not exceeding 15mph. Data is as per the Met Office for the location Boulmer. Occasionally swell may add an additional hazard meaning we cancel on what appears inland to be a perfectly nice day.

Cancellation:

This trip is weather-dependent and prone to last-minute cancellation particularly early and late season when the weather is against us. We only cancel this trip for safety reasons. You will be offered an alternative activity or a full refund.

If you have any questions, please contact us at activities@adventurenorthumberland.co.uk