Tyne Valley Canoe Club      

Club Farne Islands weekend, June 2009  

A kayak trip around the Farne Islands is regarded by many sea kayakers to be one of the classic sea paddles of Britain. Situated off the Northumberland Coast near Bamburgh the islands offer paddlers a lead in to more intermediate and advanced journeying on the sea. There are numerous islands to explore, with bird and seal colonies abound. Approaching Inner Farne you are presented with cliffs teaming with bird life. The islands are recognised as one of the most important bird sites and sanctuary’s in the United Kingdom with Puffins, Shags, Guillemots, Cormorants, Eider Ducks, Kittiwakes and Arctic Terns to name a few of the many species which nest on the island group. The Grey (Atlantic)  Seal is to be found on the Farne islands. Whilst paddling through the island group we are fortunate to view one of the rarest seals in the world in one of the only breeding places on the east coast of Britain.

The get in and get out for the trip is on Bamburgh beach in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle. From here the group paddled between the islands taking in Farne Island (Inner Farne), Staple Island, Brownsman, North and South Wamses to Longstone. At Longstone in the shadow of the lighthouse the party landed for a lunch break and to take in the magnificent views of the Northumbrian coastline.

For many in the group this was their first trip around the Farne Islands. They all enjoyed the experience and for many it was a highlight in their paddling year. It will not be their last visit to the islands!!


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