Here’s my next post for the mini series of paddle spots in the South West. This time I have focused on Cornwall and added the most popular spots for a paddle. I have also added SUP schools in the area who can take you on tours or give you some water safety lessons.
1. Loe Beach – The River Fal
Loe beach is a small stretch of shingle beach on the River Fal, located in the village of Feock between Truro and Falmouth. The beach sits at the head of a large natural harbour, the Carrick Roads which means it is very sheltered and generally safe for water based activities. Additionally, there’s The Loe Beach Watersports centre on the beach offering kayaks and paddleboards for hire. (click here for their website).
It’s a stunning spot to paddle, from the beach there are views along the River Fal towards the headlands at St Mawes and Falmouth where the river enters the sea. The tides can be strong here when you head out into the river so make sure you know what the tide is doing etc.
2. The River Fowey – Paddle Cornwall SUP
The River Fowey is one of Cornwall’s most cherished wild places! There’s so many stunning spots along this river to paddle and so I would do a tour with Paddle Cornwall SUP who can show you the best places!
They are located on The River and offer personalised and group SUP training sessions with fully qualified and insured instructors. They also do board and wet suit hire, SUP tours as well as SUP socials! View their video to learn more and see this stunning location for paddle boarding. Click here to head to their website.
3. Gylly Beach – WESUP
Gyllyngvase Beach, also known as Gylly Beach, is one of the four beaches in Falmouth. It tends to be very sheltered making it the perfect place for a spot of paddling on the South Coast of Cornwall. It has stunning crystal clear turquoise waters and the last time I checked, it was a blue flag beach.
What makes this such a FAB spot is that WESUP is located here who offer lessons & tours so you can explore this fantastic part of the coastline in safe hands! Click here for the WESUP website.
Porthcurno is probably one of the most famous beaches in Cornwall. Often described as paradise, it is located in the far west of Cornwall and has won many awards for it’s incredible beach!
The beach has a stream that flows down one side and up on the cliff to the west, is the internationally renowned Minack Theatre.
It has gorgeous fine soft white sand, a sea that turns turquoise in the sun and high cliffs on both sides providing shelter – a perfect spot for paddle boarding.
5. The River Gannel
The River Gannel, one of my favourite spots because of the gorgeous colour of the water, but also the one that requires more planning. To paddle here, you need to get the tide at the right time. I tend to park at the National Trust Car park on Crantock Beach which is next to the river, get in an hour before high tide, I paddle up the river with the tide and by the time i’m ready to come back, the tide has turned so I can paddle back with the tide. You will find it difficult paddling against the current here so do make sure you are going with it, not against it.
As the water flow can be very fast here, make sure you have the right safety equipment and you know all about the tides etc. When the tide is out, you wont be paddling far as there is not much water so don’t get caught out (I have had to drag my board along the sand on many occasions!)
Thanks for reading this blog. With lockdown coming to an end (HOPEFULLY), more people will be travelling to beauty spots across the UK, so I please ask that you be respectful of the local communities and wildlife. Read my blog here on being mindful as we travel more across the UK.