The place to launch from is the large slipway, north side of the river, the entrance is directly opposite the Newburn riverside visitors centre. The gate is normally locked and a notice says to contact the leisure centre so I spoke to a guy called Jason Carroll(he runs water activities at Whickhope). He was extremely helpful and said it wouldn't be a problem at all. Had a look at Newburn bridge - the Wayfarer mast is 6.88 metres long ..hmm..could be the first shoot! Jason also advised contacting the Port of Tyne.