Craig Stanger completed his epic trip from Kielder reservoir to the mouth of the Tyne by kayak.
About Craig"I have been heavily involved in kayaking for over 20yrs. I have been involved in both coaching and personal paddling, and although I don't coach anymore, my personal paddling is still going strong. Mainly paddling on the white water rivers of North East England, I regularly take trips up to the Highlands of Scotland. I have also had several trips out to the alps where I have paddled rivers in France, Austria and Switzerland as well as others. I am using this trip to raise money for Newburn Sea Cadet unit, where many years ago I was given my first taste of kayaking and have continued with my love of kayaking to this day. The unit is a great place for youngsters from all backgrounds to develop personal skills and take part in a huge amount of activities. Cadets can take part in kayaking, sailing, powerboating, pulling, adventure training as well as many other activities. The cadets are a charity and rely on volunteers to run the unit and courses."
Craig is raising money to help support the Newburn Sea Cadets.
Setting off from the Northern end of Kielder reservoir, I am looking to make a full descent of the River Tyne ending at Tynemouth. The total journey is in excess of 70 miles and takes in Kielder reservoir, the River North Tyne from Kielder reservoir to its confluence with the South Tyne just above Hexham, and then down the River Tyne to Tynemouth. The route has a variety of water conditions ranging from long flat sections, to white water sections (reaching grade 4 depending on water levels), and from Wylam downstream the river is tidal. It is estimated that the trip will take between 2 and 3 days to complete.