Paddy’s Hole, named so because of the many Irishmen who helped to build the South Gare (the river mouth), is located down an unlikely looking private access road next to a Steel Works, just outside of Redcar. I know what you’re thinking – sounds peachy! You’re right to be skeptical, it isn’t the most picturesque location, but it is one of the few places on the East Coast of England where it’s possible to kite surf on a westerly wind.
Paddy’s will work on anything from SW clockwise around to NE. NNW is on-shore. As mentioned above it is one of the few places on the east coast that can be kite surfed on a westerly, though SW and W winds tend to be gusty.
Paddy’s can be ridden at all tide states. Most people prefer it near low tide when it’s sheltered position means shallow, flat water riding. At high tide it becomes choppy.
Due to its flat-water, Paddy's Hole makes for a good freestyle/wakestyle venue.
For just one day per year, the access road has to be closed to maintain its ‘private road’ status. If you’re traveling specially, you might want to check ahead on the forums.
Erm, not much really. There’s free parking at the side of the road and that’s just about your lot. However, you’re right next to Redcar so not far for an after-shred pint (helps to get rid of the taste of diesel).
- There’s a ship wreck at the East End of the lagoon. If it’s already covered when you arrive, ask one of the locals to show you where it is, so you can avoid it.
- Near the steep banks that surround the East End, you’ll often find a strange wind shadow from the banks. Be careful when launching and landing.
- Shells, bits of wood, bones, oil and other rubbish are spread liberally around the beach here. Take great care with your kite. The access road, which is right next to Paddy’s has live, overhead power cables – stay well clear. Accidents have happened previously.
- As the tide rushes in, the landing area gets smaller and at the East End is littered with sharp rocks.
Getting There & Parking
Drive to Redcar and follow signs to Warrenby. At the end of the road take the steel works lane right the way to the mouth of the river Tees, continue until you almost reach the end of the road. Paddy’s Hole will be on your left.
Weather Forecast & Live Readings
I’m hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here’s a link to 7 day wind forecast for Redcar.
And if you’re wondering if it’s on right now, I think this is the best resource: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Hartlepool.