5 UK SUP Spots

UK SUP Spot

Exploring some of the UK’s most beautiful SUP Spots, avid paddlers, Kelly and her dog, Murphy (@murphy.the.magnificent), have been sharing many paddles together on their Bluefin SUP Cruise Carbon 10’8.  Below they not only share their top 5 favourite places to SUP together in the UK, but they also provide some stellar advice on where to park, where to stay, and when’s best to hit the waterways to avoid those summer crowds!

1. The Blue Lagoon – (Abereiddi) Pembrokeshire

Beautiful beaches and craggy rocks border this flooded slate quarry known for its stunning bright blue-green water. The contrast between the grey rocks and vibrant waters is really quite breathtaking. It’s worth noting that this natural beauty spot does get busy; even on a chilly day in early April, the lagoon was full of swimmers, paddlers and cliff divers. So my advice would be to get there early to avoid the crowds. The picture below was taken at 6 am, and even then, we weren’t the only ones there!

Parking / Launching 

Although The National Trust now looks after the site, members may be disappointed to learn that there is no National Trust car park at the Blue Lagoon. The car park (SA62 6DT) has a fixed fee of £4; it’s a relatively small car park for the volume of visitors this site attracts, especially in the summer months. So I would again advise getting there early. It is a short 5-10 min walk along the coastline from the car park to reach the lagoon. For the most part, the pathway is flat, so a fairly easy walk with the boards.

UK SUP Spot
Derwentwater 

2. Derwentwater – Lake District    

What’s not to love about this stunning location, with its dramatic backdrop and views of the surrounding hills; Skiddaw, Catbells and Borrowdale in the distance. This is, in my opinion, one of the ‘prettiest’ lakes to paddle on. As with many of the lakes in the Lake District, you will have to be prepared for sharing the lake with rowing boats, motorboats and the occasional steamer. That being said, we did find this to be one of the ‘quieter’ lakes to paddle in the summer, and with a number of sheltered coves and islands to explore, it’s the perfect SUP spot to explore!

Parking / Launching 

On our visit, we stayed at the Camping and Caravanning Keswick Club site, which offers guests the option to launch straight from the campsite from their own private beach for just £2 per day. For those not camping, there is parking available at The National Trust Kettlewell Car Park (CA12 5UN), and launching is super easy as the car park is right next to the lake!

UK SUP Spot
Wastwater

3. Wastwater – Lake District 

A firm favourite for me and one that I am already itching to visit again! It’s surrounded by mountains, including Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. One of the things I loved most about this lake, other than the dramatic backdrop, is that there are no motorised/sailing/rowboats on the water. This meant I didn’t have to constantly watch over my shoulder for oncoming hazards and was able to enjoy a relatively peaceful paddle. I say that because it’s pretty exposed. It was pretty damn windy! It’s definitely a lake to visit if you want to escape the crowds. 

Parking / Launching

Look out for parking spots dotted along the banks of the lake. Alternatively, you can park in The National Trust Lake Head car park (CA20 1EX), where you can launch straight onto the lake after crossing the road.

UK SUP Spot
Lake Vyrnwy

4. Lake Vyrnwy – Wales 

Designated as a Site of Special Scenic Interest and set amidst the remote Berwyn Mountains, this idyllic paddle spot has a certain fairytale vibe thanks to the picturesque straining tower. Nestled amongst the thick, dense forest, it’s often described as one of Wales’ hidden gems! 

Parking / Launching

Launching is from the boathouse only (Bethania Watersports). There is free parking available at the boathouse with a £5 launch fee. It’s worth noting that when we visited, the owners had a very energetic and rather large off lead dog that was left to roam free. He was jumping all over our boards as we tried to inflate them and chasing Murphy around as we walked down the hill to launch. My advice would be to check this before you start setting up. Maybe even asking the owners if they could put the dog on a lead first! 

5. Ullswater – Lake District 

Ullswater, the second largest lake in England after Windermere, is around 9 miles long. Surrounded by gently rolling hills, it’s another picturesque paddle spot. Easily the busiest of the spots featured in this top 5. However, if you want a peaceful paddle, I’d recommend heading out after 5 pm once the crowds have departed and the hire of boats/steamer trips have closed for the day! I love Ullswater for its numerous coves, which are perfect for pulling up in for a chilled beverage before paddling back! 

Parking / Launching 

With the sheer size of the lake, there are numerous different spots to park and launch. We’ve always launched from Glenridding (CA11 0PD). Parking starts from £3 for up to 2 hours and costs up to £8 for the full day. 

We can’t wait to visit more paddle spots across Britain, hopefully adding some from Scotland soon!

A Big Bluefin Thanks

Thanks so much to Bluefin Paddlers, Kelly and her gorgeous dog, Murphy, for this awesome blog. If you would like to contribute to our Paddler Blog, then please email us at hello@bluefintrading.co.uk.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

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