So, you’ve got all the kit you need, a bucket full of enthusiasm, wagging tail in tow, and of course tasty treats – now all you need is the perfect location for you and pup to SUP.
We’ve picked out ten favourites locations for paddle boarders to consider:
If you are a novice needing a little practice then check out your local adventure parks as they provide a great safe space to practice and usually offer low entry points that also have plenty of room. Many locations can also offer training to help you get started too.
For a sunny warm day you can’t beat a paddle at the beach and that goes for paddle boarding too. However, with more wind and waves it is wise to be relatively experienced in paddle boarding before you brave the open waters as the tide and currents can add increase the level of skill required, especially with a dog in tow. Staying very close to the shore is a great way to practice familiarising with a few small waves.
A river or estuary can be wonderfully scenic and offer a challenge but do check out winds and tides before setting off. Paddle boarding is certainly more challenging in the wind and against the tide so make sure you’re not going to get stuck on your return. If paddling up or down a river or within an estuary, time your paddle so that you are paddling with the tide, rather than against it. A still river or gently paced down-stream one with easy access points may suit those still lacking in plenty of experience. And check in case you need a license too, when paddling on rivers.
The Go Paddling website provides great information to find the best paddle board locations around the UK, whether you’re looking for ‘paddle points’ for a perfect staycation or paddle trails to give you access to great paddle board routes to explore. The website also provides insight into the licenses that you may need for the different waterways and how you can get them.
When working out where to paddle board near you, always make sure you prioritise safety first, so that you can focus on having a wonderful time with your four-legged friend. Check out these great safety tips from our friends at Red Paddle Co.
Here are 10 locations to check out:
Woolacombe Sands is not only a top holiday location, but also one of the best surf spots. It is ideal for beginners because it is large and spacious. It is wonderful way to explore the beautiful North Devon coastline.
This is a stunningly beautiful part of Cornwall's north coast. You will get the most out of it if you go paddling here. A wide diversity of wildlife species can be found here. You will love SUP-ing and the huge range of activities and sights available to you while you are there, making your trip well worth the effort!
Without a doubt, this particular location is any SUP enthusiast paradise. It is flat and meandering, which makes it not only one of the most thrilling and relaxing experiences, but also good for beginners. There are 120 miles of navigable canals, seven rivers, and 63 boards that will take you on endless adventures with your pup. Keep in mind that in order to paddle there, you must obtain a license from the Broads Authority.
You'll get the perfect opportunity to explore the caverns around this stunning little island just off Bantham Beach's shore. You'll have to wait until the tide rises high enough for you to paddle across it. It's also a terrific way to meet other people who are making the same journey to land on the famous Sea Tractor on the islands. Just keep note of tidal times to avoid water levels rising!
The River Dart really is the quintessential English river. Rolling hills and pastures, grand homes and boathouses sprinkle the 9-mile stretch from the trendy town of Totnes down to the pretty harbour at Dartmouth. Good for more advanced paddle boarders.
This spot is a SUP paradise, not only for the scenery but also as you can glide alongside other water enthusiasts such as kayakers and canoeists adding more fun. You can paddleboard your way through the forested river gorge on the English-Welsh border. Kerne Bridge is a great place for beginners too.
Start the journey at Jesus Green, where a tranquil river welcomes you into a new world of well-known Cambridge punters. You'll also pass some of the university's most prestigious institutions, including King's, Trinity, and St Catherine's. You can travel beneath the beautiful Bridge of Sighs and the magnificent Mathematical Bridge. Plenty to see!
A wealth of cultural landmarks and nature encounters await you on the 9 mile stretch between Richmond and Kingston-Upon-Thames as you paddle along the UK’s most iconic waterway. A convenient getaway for London city-goers in need of a day out on the water, head off from the steps just downstream from Kingston Bridge and take in plenty of greenery and wildlife en route.
Practically anywhere on the river Wye from Hay-On-Wye down to Tintern offers great SUPing opportunities, especially for those wanting to do longer or multiple day trips. The river’s gentle meander and absence of major obstacles like weirs also make it a great place to develop or improve your self-taught skills. Kerne Bridge offers a great launch spot.
This lake is not only Wales' largest freshwater natural lake, but it is also flanked by Snowdonia's magnificent hills, which will leave you breathless. The location is quickly becoming one of the greatest for water activities during the holidays.
The rivers Tryweryn and Dee provide the water to this lake from both sides, making it an excellent paddling spot. With a length of one mile and a width of one mile, the lake is ideal for a fast paddle. To avoid getting into problems with the local authorities, remember to obtain permission from the Snowdonia National Park, which carries a small daily cost. Llyn Padarn is another Welsh stunner to check out. Situated in the heart of Snowdonia, and an absolute must for any Stand Up Paddleboarder when in Wales.