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Top 3 White Water Rafting Rivers in Newcastle

There are two options for white water rafting in England, either a man made concrete course in an urban centre or beautiful natural river gorges carving through the heart of the English countryside.  Both have there benefits but we prefer the latter.  As the only company offering white water rafting in Newcastle and one of only a handful on natural rivers in England we are proud to offer some of the most unique and memorable rafting experiences around.


We have three main options in Newcastle, all within a short drive and all action packed in their own right.   All available year round but some are more fun when its been raining, thankfully it rains a lotin the North.

So here’s the list…

Number One

North Tyne – 6km – Class 3

A classic section of river with a mixture of rapids.  The river is fed by Kielder Water, a large reservoir close to the Scottish border.  Theres everything on the river you could wish for, weirs, waves, holes and plenty of space to test the crews ability to balance! Warden Gorge is continuous class 3 whitewater making sure your crew is tested to the max.  This trip is a classic section of whitewater in the stunning Northumberland countryside.  It’s ideal for stag and hen parties in Newcastle because its the same river that flows through the city. Get in touch to find out more.

Number Two

Tees – 8km – Class 3

Another classic section in the North Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The river carves its way through a tight valley over natural rock ledges, stoppers, waves and micro eddies all there to keep you working hard to keep the raft on track.   Abbey rapids is the main event just below an ancient abbey high up on the river bank. This rapid has been used for slalom training since the 1960’s and is the perfect rafting rapid. This white water rafting trip is ideal for people close to the main a19 link road and is close to Stockton, Durham and Leeds.

Number Three

Allen – 7km- Class 3

This trip is a classic in its own right, its a little bit higher in altitude so has less water in it meaning it needs to have rained a little.  With the right rainfall this is a continuous rollercoaster of rapids,  you will breath a sigh of relief when you get to the takeout where you can have a welcome rest.

All of these rivers are ideal for beginner to intermediate rafters and run all year around, water level dependent, Spring, Autumn and Winter are the best months and we will let you know whats best for the time of year.  We always have back up activities for either too much water or too little, so no matter what, you will have an adventure you will not forget!

You can contact us here to book and find out more.

See you on the river 🙂

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