(Blindburn to Alnwinton)

NAME OF RIVER: Coquet (Upper Section)

WHERE IS IT?: The Coquet valley, Northumberland National Park

PUT-INS/ TAKEOUTS: Put in at NT 867 103 in the carpark before Barrow Burn or carry on driving as far up the road as you think its runnable. The road sticks to the bank side of the river right up to the source at the mediaval village of kemylpeth. Get out river right on the road bridge at Linsheils NT 892 064 or continue down the flat section to the get in of the lower section of the Coquet NT 923 056.

APPROX LENGTH: Approx 19km for the whole section or 6km from the carpark to Linsheils

TIME NEEDED: 1 - 4 hours depending on flow and choice of section

ACCESS HASSLES: Make sure the red flags are down on the ranges as the sections past NT 860 114 are on the ranges! Covered under the Tyne access agreement.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Look about 0.5km above the confluence with the Usway there's a rocky rapid if the water is flowing over it you've got the perfect level! Also there's an EA guage for Coquet at Alwinton and the Usway was at 0.6 for a nice medium level, but the more water the better really, it can take loads just make sure you can get under the road bridges!

GRADING: based on Medium to High levels G3 mostly with a G3 above the Usway confluence and a possible G4 at the end!

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Low road bridges and the two rapids below linsheils bridge are worthy of inspection in high levels, there's also a weir at NT 86998 08265.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: A nice easy trip, the water can be suprisingly clear in spate, Good Fun if you get it in full spate! It will be fast and bouncy. From the car park at Barrow burn the river flows through the valley with some fairly continuous rocky rapids separated by some open fast flowing areas as, eventually you will reach the rapid that is mentioned above at NT 877 080 you will have inspected it from the road when you've run your shuttle. After this you pass the confluence with the Usway and the river nearly doubles in volume heading towards the get out. Before linsheils the river opens out very wide about 40 metres at this point you are just above Linsheils gorge - about 30 meters of continous G3+ in high water. This can be inspected from river right. After this rapid you enter a pool under the road bridge, ahead of you is G4 cork screw falls, Does exactly what it says, it actually managed to throw a 300L boat out of the water completley!

OTHER NOTES: You could run the lower section as an addition to the Usway burn.


Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: RIVER COQUET -- barneytod
2011 Jul 02 05:30:02 PM
hi does anyone know if you can paddle a trip on this river to finish in warkworth probably from rothbury
Re: RIVER COQUET -- catbunnygoth
2009 Apr 05 10:36:25 PM
just down from the water mill was where in 1991 a father and son died in a canoe accident so beware it looks safe but its very dangerous in the winter and heavy rain fall.

they were very strong swimmers and experianced so be careful
No subject -- active4seasons
2008 Nov 27 08:03:09 PM
Hi Janet,

It is called Thrum mill, grade 2, 3 at a push. Hoping to do the river this weekend and will let you know more after. Upper coquet grade 3/4 is possible when very wet but have not done it myself.

Coquet below Rothbury -- jmoxley2
2008 Oct 14 10:22:02 PM
Just returned from a family (non-paddling) trip to Rothbury and noticed a nice looking rapid on the Coquet about half a mile downstream of the town by an old watermill. At what I guess was a mid level (the stepping stones in Rothbury were about 3 inches under water) this looked like a long grade III-ish. However the Coquet section of the guidebook stops just above this. Does anyone have any intelligence on this rapid? What's the grade and what's access like on this river - it seemed a bit angler-ridden.

2008 Sep 14 08:10:23 AM
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