Continent
Europe
Country
England (UK)
Next Big City
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Next Town
Bamburgh
 
Type:
Lagoon
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
No information

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Currents
Quality:
No information
Best Tide:
High tide

Budle Bay is a tidal lagoon and only works 2.5 hrs either side of high tide. It is almost entirely flat, especially in N wind, and only picks up chop in strong W wind. There are also sometimes tidal rips and bores that appear at varying states of the tide. On the north side of the lagoon the water is about 1-3 ft deep, so perfect flat water.

Beach

Type:
No information
Size:
Tidal
Hazards:
Other
Beach Users:
No information

The beach can be extremely narrow and tricky to launch from at high tide, sometimes not even enough to accommodate the width of a kite. Launching is OK though as the water is quite shallow and you can walk out to launch. At mid-tide there is quite a bit of space. There are some razor shells and so on, so need to be a bit careful.

Weather

Spring:
Normal, Thick
Summer:
Shorty, Normal
Fall:
Normal, Thick
Winter:
Thick

Standard UK weather ie you never know what it will do. Wetsuit necessary.

Wind

Best Months:
No information
Wind Type:
No information
Best Direction:
N, NNE, NE, ENE, E, NW, NNW
Main Direction:
No information

Picks up quite a breeze. Best in N, NW, NE or E. Does work in SW and W but very gusty. Does not work in SE or S.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
No information

Driving is the only way. It's about 5min drive off the A1, on the B1342 (signposted Bamburgh Castle). There's a little space to park at the top of the lane at Kiln Point. Walk down the track (it gets muddy at the bottom). Turn right when you hit the Bay, walk along the shore for about 5min until the rocks/pebbles give way to sand. This is the usual launch point.

Extra information

Rules
Time

Kiting is banned from the 1st of November until the 1st of April! Do not kite at Budle Bay at these times! This is because of the migratory bird population over winter. The entire area from Budle up to Lindisfarne is off limits during this period. Also, watersports enthusiasts must not pass to the west of the line between the farmer's road and buoy directly ahead of it, as it is off-limits, shallow and rocky. Furthermore, we must not pass the boundary to the north of the buoy. Please remember to do this as failing to follow these rules could result in watersports being banned all together from Budle Bay.

Nightlife

Bamburgh has two pubs. You'll need to get to Newcastle or Edinburgh for a night out. Both great party cities though.