The Tees is a great ww venue when there is a good level of water, however it can be subject to rapid rise and fall of levels. A series of open rapids lead to the gorge section, a series of steep drops the largest of which is Woden Croft – a trickly left hander with a rock guarding the exit of the rapid. Below the gorge the nature of the river changes with it flattening out becoming wider and less fast flowing. At good water levels a wide range of route opportunities with medium size choppy waves across the whole river.
The lower Abbey Rapids sprint sector offers more all weather capablity, with the river channeling in between large rock shelves at lower levels.
Not suitable for beginners, the nearby North Tyne and Tees barrage offers better lower level opportunities.