Continent
Europe
Country
England (UK)
Next Big City
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Next Town
Amble
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Chop, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
Swimmers, Reefs, Wave breaker, Stones
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Low tide, Coming tide

It is shallow a long way out so good for all levels. Swell builds in Northerlies.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Tidal
Hazards:
Concrete, Bystanders
Beach Users:
June, July, August

Big flat sandy beach. Rarely crowded but can be busy on hot summer weekends near visitor center, beach sometimes used by horse riders so leave them plenty of room. North end also popular land kiting spot with hard flat sand so don't obstruct the beach with kites and lines. Very little or no beach 2 hours either side of high tide, mid tide can come in quickly, outgoing tide can quickly carry a lost board north up the beach. Reef at the north end should be avoided and is also popular fishing spot so give the fishermen a wide berth.

Weather

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

The water is on the cool side all year so you're unlikely to need anything less than a 3mm suit. Cold in winter and spring so a steamer or drysuit are recommended.

Wind

Best Months:
April, May, October, November
Wind Type:
Frontal
Best Direction:
NE, SE
Main Direction:
N, S, SSW

Anything with some East is best but a SSW is just sideshore at the north end. Most common sailable direction is southerly which can be a little gusty but ok. Sometimes seems immune from the effects of a sea breeze, in these cases best head for Beadnell.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Park at side of the road, do not drive completely onto the dunes.

Extra information

Rules
Zones

Restricted zone around the visitor center in the middle of beach, there are also groynes here, so best to avoid it.

Nightlife

Pubs in Amble and Widdrington.