If you enjoy watersports, North Northumberland is the ideal place to come. It is great canoeing and surfing territory and our long stretches of sandy beaches make us a popular destination for kitesurfing and adventure sports enthusiasts. Alternatively, head out to the Farne Islands and dive in the company of grey seals.
Diving in and around the Farne Islands is a real treat. Numerous wrecks litter the seabed and the clear waters are home to huge numbers of sea-creatures, some of them rare or unusual for British waters. Plus, the ever inquisitive grey seals will usually come to say hello and want to join in the fun.
There are many wreck dives, including the impressive 'Somali', a 450ft steamer bound for Hong Kong that was sunk by a Heinkel 111 in March 1941.
You can take your own boat out from Seahouses and Beadnell, or or use one of the local diving trip operators. Interesting shore dives are also accessible from Beadnell, Newton and Howick.
Whether you prefer a shallow dive or are prepared to delve that little bit deeper, there's something to suit everyone out at the Farnes.
The North East Diving website has useful information on diving sites in the area.
For sea fishing from Seahouses you can book with the following:
'The Guide Me' is available to the fishing grounds around the Farne Isles or off-shore.
Contact : Alan Dawson
Telephone : 01665 720940
Mobile : 07956 046175
eMail : firstname.lastname@example.org
For good surfing, why not try Bamburgh Beach. There is a multitude of shifting sand bars along its length, providing great left and right-handed beach breaks throughout the tide. Further up the beach to the north, pointing straight out to Holy Island, is a spur of rock that creates a great right hand reef break, which can produce fantastic walling waves.
You'll also find a couple of excellent reef breaks starting at Seahouses just before the start of the beach close to the harbour.
More good spots are to be found at Beadnell, Low Newton and Embleton beaches.
Alnmouth: The same swell that gets Bamburgh going will reach down here and create great shifting beach break peaks along the length of the beach, through the range of the tide. The river mouth will also generate good left and right-handers, depending on the direction of the prevailing swell but novice surfers should take care because the currents off the mouth can be strong.
The Surf Guru website has detailed information on surf spots in the area.
Stay safe and do your research before trying out any of these surfing spots.
We have an unrivalled range of places to sail along our spectacular 80 mile shoreline. You can launch out from our colourful and lively coastal towns and fishing villages with safe anchorage spots for small craft and welcoming yacht clubs.
Seahouses, Low Newton near Embleton, Beadnell Bay and Spittal Beach near Berwick, are all easy to get to by road. The largest facilities can be found at Amble Marina which has 270 berths.
Going inland there's the pristine waters of Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northern Europe's largest manmade lake which is perfect for inland sailing.
Popular beaches for windsurfers with good roadside access include Low Newton (near Embleton), Beadnell Bay and Spittal Beach, Berwick. Sailing Clubs with windsurfing members and facilities include the Berwick, Beadnell clubs.
Further information can also be found by visiting the Northumbrian Windsurfing Website who have over 35 members of varying ages. It sails at a mixture of locations including Beadnell and Budle Bay.