5 beautiful SUP locations in the U.K
When you envisage paddle boarding, the U.K may not spring to mind. However with such varied terrain from coast to in-land, there are some truly breathtaking areas on our door step which are perfect for budding SUP’ers – without the added cost of a plane ticket!
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1. Ullswater, Lake District
The Lake District is a top choice for paddlers for many reasons and Ullswater is no exception. The second largest lake at 9 miles long, this lake is ideal for a full day out on your SUP as it is long and thin! This lake is preferable for those looking for a chilled paddling experience as it is also nice and flat, perfect for a slow downwind paddle.
2. The River Wye, Wye Valley
A mere 3 hour commute from London you can find the beautiful location of the River Wye. This river stretches 215km and is filled with scenic landscapes between England and Wales. The region is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meaning it is a protected which helps to preserve its unique scenery. There is so much for SUP’ers to see and do with pubs and stops dotted along the river, you can be sure to have a fun day no matter your paddling level. For the more experienced paddlers, you can consider trying out the Grade 2 rapids to push you that little bit harder.
3. Penzance, Cornwall
The picturesque south coast of Cornwall is a haven for paddlers wanting to be out and about alongside sea life. Paddle out from the beach to Mount’s Bay and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any jellyfish and starfish bobbing through the water. If you are lucky you may spot some seals and even dolphins during the warmer months. On sunny days there really is no better place to be than near the glorious beaches of Cornwall so make the most of your time and take some relaxing breaks on shore too!
4. Snowdonia, Wales
Snowdonia is a well-known area for hiking and climbing but it might not be the first location that comes to mind for paddle-boarding. However, with the huge peaceful lakes and gorgeous scenery, it is not surprising that it is a favourite amongst seasoned SUP’ers! With a selection of guided tours, lessons (including night trips!) and hire centres to choose from it is a perfect location for those wanting to get into SUP for the first time. Just remember to plan the trip well in advance and to be prepared to wrap up a little warmer if heading out in the cooler months.
5. Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads are ideal for paddle boarding as there are 120 miles of water ways which are navigable for all levels of paddleboarder, this is a great spot for SUP beginners. Just bear in mind that in order to paddle on the Broads you are required to have a license, contact the Broads Authority to find out more information regarding this.