Keen to take to the water and try your hand at paddleboarding? Or perhaps you’re a seasoned pro looking for somewhere new to try out? These four paddleboarding spots bring something a little different to proceedings and should help inspire you for your upcoming trip out on the water.
While paddleboarding may not be the most common activity that springs to mind, it’s certainly rising in popularity – particularly since the pandemic. Whatever your level, you should consider looking into boat insurance that includes paddleboards if you’re using your own equipment.
Porthcurno Beach, England
If you’re looking for a picturesque beach that looks almost Mediterranean (unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the temperature of the water), head down to Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall. When the tide is low, you can venture over to Logan Rock, which is made up of spectacular jagged rock formations. Venture further and you’ll discover secret sand islands with access that can only be granted by your paddleboard. Paddlers of all levels will enjoy their experience here.
Glencoe Lake, Scotland
Beginners will be able to take advantage of a whole host of classes hosted by instructors at Glencoe Lake up in Scotland. There are no currents here, leaving you with flat water to move across at your own pace. This goes without mentioning the enviable scenery you can take in en route as you pass through Glencoe valley. Hungry for more adventure? There are lots of spots in the surrounding Highlands to make the most of.
Pembrokeshire National Park, Wales
Dramatic coastal scenery awaits in Pembrokeshire National Park in Wales, making it the perfect spot for your paddle boarding antics. The area itself is protected due to the natural beauty in this spot, giving you even more incentive to take to the water here. You can find lots of paddle boarding courses in this part of the world with rivers, estuaries and the sea to explore. To complete your Pembrokeshire Coast road trip, head out to the likes of Carew Castle, Tenby Harbour or Caldey Island, which can be done on a boat trip.
Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland
You’ll spot plenty of kayakers, canoers and paddleboarders on Strangford Lough, which is situated in the east of Northern Ireland. Did you know that it’s the largest sea lough in the UK? A whole host of wildlife can be spotted here too, so much so that it’s bagged the title as one of the most notable nature-abundant spots in Europe. Over 2,000 marine species live in and around the water! Beyond paddleboarding and simultaneously spotting wildlife, you can also embark on impressive woodland walks – if you’re really lucky, you might even spot a red squirrel.