River Wansbeck

River Wansbeck

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River Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Grade: 2

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.