Adventure Activities in North Northumberland (not the Scottish Borders currently – sorry)

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Families (who live in the same house) of 5 or less or a group of friends  (max 5) from separate households (as long as you are happy to be independent and follow current social distancing advice).  Activities include Open canoe and sea kayak guiding, open canoe hire (Etal only).

Latest news from Canoe England, the governing body for paddlesport as of 12th May 2020:

Further advice for led, coached and guided activity; Led, coached, or guided activity may now take place on a 1:1 basis with social distancing. Anyone leading a 1:1 activity should ensure appropriate safety frameworks are in place, that delivery is in safe and familiar environments and that the paddler is self-sufficient and no equipment is shared.

So basically if anyone wants some 1:1 coaching using their own equipment and is not travelling too far (50 miles) let me know if I can help?

Are you planning an adventure for when you can get away?

If you are looking to make your forward paddling more efficient or looking for some fitness work drop me a line – ideal time to do something if you are in England – hopefully those across the border can join us soon.

Developing the Desire for Adventure

We aim to ‘Develop your Desire for Adventure’ so if you have a plan to beat the 24 Hr distance record by solo kayak or race across New Zealand or paddle across or around Scotland for charity or indeed have a local trip in mind just drop us a line and we will sort you out with specific training to suit you. We have a huge range of boats from racing ski to surf kayaks to sea kayaks and general purpose kayaks both single and double as well as a wide range of open canoes to trial.

Who are we

Your host – Ollie Jay is a mature and highly experienced coach and guide. He is the most experienced coach locally and has been leading adventures here for 20 years and elsewhere since 1991. Ollie has paddled in various places including Chile, North America, Alaska, Mainland Europe and Africa. He loves Northumberland and the Scottish Borders and so has chosen to live and work in this special part of the World. Here he is checking the forecast on the HF radio in Alaska a few years back now.

Checking the weather forecast Alaska sea kayaking
Checking the weather forecast Alaska sea kayaking

What we do

Active 4 Seasons specialise in ‘Made to Measure’ Adventure Activities suited to your level of ability and the challenge you require. Get in touch to discuss what you want regarding any coaching, guiding, mentoring or any adventure activities.  We have a fantastic location up here in the NE corner of England and we regularly cross the border into Scotland – no passports needed yet! If you have a particular date in mind please take a look at our Availability calendar. You can click on an event and it should give you further information? If the event states Private that date is already booked up sorry. If the date is clear then hopefully I am available but obviously the booking process does take a day or two so it may not be fully up to date at all times. If you like videos then why not check out our You Tube Channel.

Family Holiday adventures on the river

We offer scheduled trips, normally a Wed canoe trip ideal for families and small groups, complete beginners welcome:

2020 dates to follow, normally Wed’s in school holidays.

Feb 19th we will have ‘Come n Try’ sessions at Etal – booking essential. From £25 per adult and half price for under 16’s!

If you have been on an adventure with us before and want something a bit more challenging or a longer trip please get in touch as we pride ourselves in providing made to measure adventures for all.

Family open canoeing
Family ‘Made to Measure’ canoe adventure

Sea Kayak Gang trips

We run a monthly Sea Kayak Gang trip. Head onto the Sea Kayak page for more details of the 2020 gang trip dates – now available on the calendar too!

First one for the year is on Sun 29th March, then 19th April and 24th May. This year the theme is going to be on moving water skills and how to enjoy ourselves safely, hopefully based around the Farnes weather permitting!

Sea Kayak rescues
I got you

No membership required but if interested you can sign up to receive an invite to suitable trips based on your experience and aims. This is a guided trip somewhere suitable on the North Northumberland coast or Southern Scottish Borders coast ideal for individuals looking to develop their skills in an informal atmosphere with the support of a highly experienced BCU level 4 qualified sea kayak coach to look after you. 

Last year we guided 4 clients  along the Great Glen Way by sea kayak

Weather was a challenge especially day 1 but things slowly improved with some nice Westerlies to help us surf along the lochs in 4 days – a great achievement!!!!

Loch Ness


Caledonia canal trip

A recent testimonial:

Ollie has great experience, competence and local knowledge and hence the adventures are fun, safe and well targeted.


Sea kayak Isle of Mull adventure
Sea kayaking off the Isle Of Mull

Making Contact

Please feel free to browse the website by hovering your cursor over the various headings. These will reveal drop down menus that you just click to get more information. You can then decide if we are the right people for you to come to. Please contact us here to book an adventure or get further information. You can always Email directly or go through Facebook messenger if that suits you better. We will try to respond as soon as possible. Occasionally I do head away to work in remote places with no signal or connection so please be patient but by all means try again if you don’t get a reply after a week as it may have gone to a spam folder?

Lots of activities available

We offer a range of adventure activities mostly on water (open canoeing, river and sea kayaking and surf kayaking) but also on the rocks (single pitch rock climbing) and trails (mountain biking) of North Northumberland. We work with clients elsewhere in the UK with the West coast of Scotland being a favourite of ours.

AALS 3 year Licence holder, third one in a row!

Unfortunately it looks like AALS is going to be no longer but not in the near future! As a long established provider (started in 2000) we have bags of experience and lots of qualifications. In May 2018 we gained our third three year licence (not everyone gets one of these!). An Adventure Activity Licence allows us to provide adventure activities to unaccompanied under 18’s. We can ensure you get a safe, enjoyable learning experience suited to your specific needs. Please view our education page now.

School group open canoe session
School group open canoe session


We offer Adventure Vouchers – ideal for that special Christmas gift or Birthday present. Vouchers are available for any duration of session that we run from 2 hrs to 5 day development courses. Go to the prices page for information. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from purchase and can be redeemed by 2 people. Please contact us through the contact page, Facebook or Email for further information or to purchase a voucher.