The South Tyne is one of the two main tributaries of the Tyne above Hexham, and is a great place for canoeing and kayaking.
The river flows from near Alston to just upstream of Tyne Green at Hexham. Most of the river is Grade I with bits of Grade 2. This makes it a popular spot for whitewater canoeing, and much of it is suitable for beginners.
The river needs a certain amount of water to be suitable for canoeing, in low water it will be too much of a scrape. There is an access [url=http://www.canoenortheast.org.uk/imagemanager/file/TyneAccessAgreeement.pdf]agreement [/url]in place which is surprisingly sensible.
The river is one of the destinations of the annual [url=http://www.tynetour.org/]Tyne Tour[/url], one of the biggest canoe and kayak events of the year.