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Farne Islands – 2019

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/06/2019 - 09/06/2019
All Day

Location
Springhill Farm

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Following a lot of requests for the club to get another of our trips to the Farne Islands. The Club is pleased to announce this has been done. This trip will be on the weekend of the 8th and 9th June 2019.

So what’s included

  • Accommodation Friday and sat Night
  • Diving sat and Sunday 2 dives per day
  • BBQ on Sat Night
  • Your Air fills (you will need 2 cylinders per diver on this trip the club will not have enough cylinders to lend out for this trip so to make it fair on all those that have there own cylinders. If you need cylinders we can hire them in for you at £10.00 per day the club will try to let you have one cylinder free of charge. This may also apply to kit depending on numbers going on the trip.)

Cost

All the above is offered at £195.00 per person. The cost may go down if we get enough coming. Deposit for this trip will be £25.00 on a first come basis please in the first instance let me and Nikki know if you are coming the balance will be required 4 weeks before we go. Its worth noting that if the trip gets blow out we will not be able to refund the accommodation part of the trip we have had to pay this now and it gets booked up a year in advance. This trip is suitable for all club divers from open water. And this is a great place to interact with the seals.

The club has been here many times and its great fun and one not to be missed. So get you name down quick and get your deposits in.

The Farne Islands are located on the North East coast in Northumberland. They are famous amongst divers as they have population around 4,500 Atlantic Grey Seals that call these rocky outcrops ‘home’. The seals are used to divers and love to interact with them, and are often referred to as the ‘puppies of the ocean’ due to their playful nature. We have chartered a spacious boat with room for 24 divers to kit up at once, with ample space to store all the diving gear. The 20 mile passage to the Island takes about 1 hour, so sit back and watch out for the dolphins, porpoises and seals.

Diving in and around the Farne Islands is a real feast for the senses. Numerous wrecks litter the seabed, and inquisitive grey seals come and say hello. Whether you prefer a shallow dive or are prepared to delve that little bit deeper, there’s something to suit everyone out at the Farnes. The Farnes consist of almost 30 small islands and rock outcrops lying between 2 and 4 miles off the Northumberland coast.

THE HOPPER.
The hopper is a site that is populated by a seal colony. The seals are very used to encounters with divers and regularly come to investigate visitors. It is very common for mischievous young seals to nibble on divers fins. The Hopper is a scenic dive with three fantastic gullies, one of which runs into the Island some 30 metres. The max depth to the bottom of the shear cliff face is approx 25m

KRIS KRISTENSON.
A Danish steamer that ran aground on the Longstone in 1915. The wreck lies at 30 metres and is a slack water dive. Close to the wreck, in about 18m against the reef wall lies a propeller and other wreckage from an unidentified wreck. The wreck is well scattered now, but lots of ships fittings are still recognisable. Naturally the wreck attracts lotS of marine life. Conger eels, Wolf Fish, Ling and Ballan Wrasse are frequent visitors to the site.

NORTHERN HARES.
On the west side of Longstone island a reef face falls to 15 meters with boulders at the base and wreckage from the Lockleven. The steamer grounded on the Longstone in 1902 and sank shortly after.

STAPLE ISLAND.
A popular dive site where the wreck of the St. Andrea lies. This steam Ship was carrying a cargo of pig iron when it struck Staple Island and sank. The wreckage lies on the south side of the island 100 meters from the wall at 25m depth. It leads up to the wall where a shoal of Ballan wrasse often congregate and can be fed. On the wall there is prolific marine life such as spider crabs, lobsters, plumrose anemones, sponge and dead men’s fingers. This is a sheltered spot which is a good for photographers with visibility often exceeding 20 meters.

KNIVESTONE.
The outer Farne island known as the Knivestone is where the wreck of the German steam ship Abyssinia is located. The wreckage can be found on the north side of the island. The Abyssinia sank in 1921 and lies at a depth of 18m. Her large boilers stand proud of the sea bed and more wreckage lies in and around the gullies. By far the best conditions seem to be during neap tides on low water slack when visibility of 20 meters can be experienced.

GLOVE CAR ISLAND.
just off the island of glove car is a dive site known as Bluecaps. A sheltered island with boulders and gullies abounding with life. The boulders fall away to approx 15M. Good visibility and lack of currents make this site ideal for training dives.

DRIFT DIVING.
Piper Gut, located between the North Wames and Big harcar is an ideal site for a 2 mile drift dive which starts at 8 meters and finishes at 30 meters. Average speed is about 6 to 8 knots. For experienced divers only.

WHIRL ROCKS.
Whirl Rocks is said by many to be the best dive site on the Farnes. Only to be dived by experienced divers, it is low water slack dive which consists of wrecks, gullies and copious marine life. Depth starts at 5m, dropping to 25m. The whole area is a dream come true to for the underwater photographer. Prize winning shots await the right f-stop/shutter speed!

WRECK DIVING.
By far the most the most popular wreck at the Farnes is the Somali. The Somali, a 6809 tonne cargo ship was heading for Hong Kong when it was bombed by a German Heinkel 111 in 1941. It lies a mile off Beadnell point in 30 meters of water. Carrying a general cargo of gas masks, batteries, lead soldiers, fire extinguishers, small jars of cream and reels of film. Many of these objects can still be found today. Five boilers are still intact on the bottom and you can also see the engine and refrigeration units. This is a slack water dive for experienced divers only.

Surrounded by countryside with a sweep of incredible sea views towards the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle and with the Cheviot Hills as a backdrop, Springhill, a working farm is home to the finest collection of holiday accommodation on the superb Northumberland heritage coastline of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located 1 mile from Seahouses and 3 miles for Bamburgh, we offer a range or accommodation including self catering holiday cottages, caravan and camping, wigwams and bunkhouse accommodation.

Springhill is a short walk from miles of empty beaches surrounded by country lanes making it perfect for cycling and walking. The fishing village of Seahouses with its quirky harbour is nearby, while a short drive away discovers the spellbinding charm of Lindisfarne Island and Alnwick, noted for its Garden and more castles than any other county in England.

The Lookout

With its stunning views towards the Farne Islands and Cheviot Hills the The Lookout is the perfect bed only self catering accommodation for groups and families looking for value for money yet comfortable accommodation without a compromise on quality.

The Lookout can sleep up to 32 and is available to book as a whole self catering unit only. The accommodation comprises of 8 en-suite bedrooms sleeping up to 4 guest per room, a large sitting area, dining area and kitchen. There is a large external balcony with seating and BBQ.

Facilities

Come home after a days’ exploring to serviced, comfortable, clean rooms, electric/oil heating, a well equipped communal living room and a fully equipped self catering kitchen.

  • Sleeps up to 32
  • 2 nights minimum stay
  • 5pm late Sunday checkout £200
  • Pets welcome – max 2 per booking
  • There are eight rooms, each with two singles and one bunk bed
  • En suite shower facilities in each room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • No bedding, duvets, pillows or towels supplied – you must bring your own or hire them for a small fee
  • Elevated terrace and BBQ area with seating
  • Large sitting room with communal dining area
  • Freeview Television and DVD player
  • iPod docking station
  • Electric & oil heating
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • External shared bike storage
  • External shared drying room
  • External shared laundry Area
  • Sleeping bag / towel hire
  • Car parking facilities
  • Children’s play area and picnic area
  • Large grassed area for ball games

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