Known for providing the spectacular views of Durham Castle, the River Wear is also a well loved paddling spot! With various spots to suit different styles of paddling, there’s something for everyone on the River Wear.
Meandering right through the heart of historic Durham, the River Wear is one of those iconic English rivers. But it’s not just pretty paddling sights available on this river. There’s ample chances to launch along the river. It’s a great place for an adventure paddle and stop off at one of the lovely riverside cafe’s especially in spring and summer.
For those looking for a more challenging paddle, there’s many sections of white water and even waterfalls to explore. This comes with a warning though! If you’re not prepared, or practiced to paddle the graded sections, they can be pretty unforgiving and dangerous. So, as always, make sure you do a test run of the section you’re planning to paddle beforehand. And always check the river levels too. During winter and autumn, the river is likely to be higher, and therefore more hazards will be present. Not sure what we mean when we talk about grades and potential hazards? Take a look here.
If you’re not familiar with the river, you can also use PaddlePoints to check for any weirs and portages.
Near Lambton Castle the river becomes tidal. Make sure you are familiar with the tide times and always try to plan a trip WITH the tides rather than against.
All in all, the River Wear is perfect for touring and exploring on the wider sections, and white water adventures at the upper extremities. Plan your route and always be prepared!