Boat launching ramp at Littlehaven

The Council operates a launching ramp on the River Tyne, next to South Shields Sailing Club on Harbour Drive.

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Using the ramp

To use the ramp, you need a permit and appropriate insurance.

Types of permit

Private and club permits are available.

Permit types and prices
Access periodPrivate permit priceClub permit price
April 2022 to March 2023£111.70 (+£20 registration fee)£82.45 (+£20 registration fee)
May 2022 to March 2023£102.39 (+£20 registration fee)£75.58 (+£20 registration fee)
June 2022 to March 2023£93.08 (+£20 registration fee)£68.71 (+£20 registration fee)
July 2022 to March 2023£83.78 (+£20 registration fee)£61.84 (+£20 registration fee)
August 2022 to March 2023£74.47 (+£20 registration fee)£54.97 (+£20 registration fee)
September 2022 to March 2023£65.16 (+£20 registration fee)£48.10 (+£20 registration fee)
October 2022 to March 2023£55.85 (+£20 registration fee)£41.23 (+£20 registration fee)
November 2022 to March 2023£46.54 (+£20 registration fee)£34.35 (+£20 registration fee)
December 2022 to March 2023£37.23 (+£20 registration fee)£27.48 (+£20 registration fee)
January 2023 to March 2023£27.93 (+£20 registration fee)£20.61 (+£20 registration fee)
February 2023 March 2023£18.62 (+£20 registration fee)£13.74 (+£20 registration fee)
March 2023 to March 2023£9.31 (+£20 registration fee)£6.87 (+£20 registration fee)

Due to new security measures, we can no longer issue day permits.

The licence holder must read the permit guidance and safety information.

How to get a permit

You can buy a permit from the shop at The Word, South Shields.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday : Closed

What to bring with you to get a permit

You must bring: 

  • proof of current up to date insurance
  • proof of your previous permit sticker (if you're renewing a permit)

How to find out more

If you need any more information, please email

Please take care of yourself and others on the water. 

Beach safety zones are in place at Littlehaven and Sandhaven beaches, please make note of them for your safety and others.