The River Wansbeck is a river in Northumberland which rises on the edge of the Forelaws Forest. It then runs all the way through to the North Sea at Sandy Bay near Newbiggin-by-the-sea.
It’s a relatively short river but is packed full of varying scenery. You can enjoy forest, open countryside and a sprawling sandy beaches as you paddle along.
With the varying scenery brings varying wildlife, and the river lends itself perfectly to become a viewpoint for paddlers looking to observe various wading and migratory birds.
Stepping stones on the River Wansbeck
The river is a relatively steady paddle, but paddlers should be aware of the stepping stones at Morpeth.
These will most likely require a portage at normal river levels as they are quite narrow!
The weir at Mitford will also need careful consideration depending on conditions.