The Best Paddleboarding Cornwall Locations

Cornwall Paddleboarding Spots

Paddleboarding in Cornwall like many seaside resorts in the UK has become very popular. But did you know paddleboarding is not a new thing? According to the history books, paddleboarding goes back to the 18th century in Hawaii, when the Hawaiians would paddle from one island to another.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding has become one of the fastest-growing water ports in the world. It has no restriction on age, and anywhere they is water, you can go paddleboarding. It is one of the most relaxing sports out there. You can either sit down on a board or stand up, whatever you are comfortable with.


How hard is paddle boarding?

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is, how hard is paddle boarding? Paddle boarding or paddleboarding as it is known is one of those sports that anyone can take up. It may seem difficult at first, but to be honest it is very easy. It is only difficult when you have a bit of wind behind you, and you are paddleboarding in poor conditions such as on a fast-flowing river or with waves.

Sitting down on a paddle board makes it much easier, so those who are a bit nervous about stand-up paddleboarding should try that first. No matter what your fitness level is, paddleboarding is a great sport.


Grab A Paddle Board, Cornwall Is Waiting For You

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in the UK. With over 300 miles of coastline, and the best coastal sea temperatures in the UK. Cornwall is the perfect location for sunbathing, SUP lovers, and water sports. It is one of the best places for paddleboarding. Cornwall makes for a perfect all-around UK staycation.

Paddle boarding in Cornwall offers a great way to relax after a hard week at work. With stunning scenery, there is no better feeling than gliding along the water. People come from all over the UK and even the world to go paddleboarding on the Cornish coast. There are lots of great places to launch your paddleboard in Cornwall.

It does not matter if you want to find Cornwall paddle board hire, to SUP lessons, you can find it all here. Cornwall is one of the top places in the UK for introducing new people to paddleboarding.

If you are looking to go on holiday for paddleboarding, Cornwall has lots of great caravan parks, guest houses, and hotels. There are plenty of places for you to stay for a weekend, to a lovely week.

It does not matter if you are a paddleboarding pro, or you are new to paddleboarding, Cornwall is a magical place to visit. I have put together the best places for stand-up paddleboard in Cornwall.


The Best Places to Go Paddleboarding in Cornwall

If you want to go on a paddleboard in Cornwall and have a great holiday, here are my recommendations.


Paddleboarding at Helford Passage

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Photo from Tim Vanderhoydonck

The River Helford is great spot for paddleboarding in Cornwall. It is not just ideal for paddleboarding, it is a great place to go swimming. There is a small car park nearby.

If you are looking to go to Helford Passage with your paddleboard, check the conditions before you leave. Although this is a nice spot in Cornwall for paddleboarding, the river can move quickly when the weather changes and becomes windy.

When you have finished paddleboarding at Helford Passage, why not visit the Ferryboat Inn for a nice meal?


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Sennen Cove, Penzance, South West Cornwall

For those people looking for paddleboarding in Cornwall, then how about a visit to Sennen Cove? This is a stunning location to go paddleboarding. You can launch from the little harbour in Sennen Cove.

Visiting Sennen Cove gives you an alternative view of Land’s End, a favourite destination of my dad, and if you love wildlife, then you will love Sennen Cove. You can see the resident seal colony which is a magical experience. I am a huge fan of Skegness Natureland, so for me, this is the perfect location to see seals.


Fowey River

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photo supplied by Jay Hayward

If you have not visited Fowey River, then all I can say is, you are missing out. Fowey River which is a favourite with paddleboarding fans is set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Some say it is the nearest you can get to heaven without leaving planet Earth.

Those who visit Fowey River have said it is the best place to SUP in Cornwall. It is also a great place to experience wonderful wildlife. It is a popular place not just for paddleboarders but for birdwatches as well.

You can grab your paddleboard and either upriver towards Golant and Lostwithiel or towards the mouth of the river and out to sea. Those that are learning to paddleboard in Cornwall, love Fowey River.

There is a car park at Caffa Mill, which is opposite Daphne Du Maurier’s house, Ferryside.


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Porthcurno Beach, Porthcurno, South West Cornwall

Who needs to go abroad when you have magical places like Porthcurno Beach, Porthcurno, South West Cornwall? It has a magical setting, with an amazing beach, with amazing views, no wonder why so many paddleboarding fans come to Porthcurno Beach with their paddleboard.

For me, Porthcurno Beach is one of the best places for stand-up paddleboarding in Cornwall. It is not just about the views, and the amazing beach, I think it is one of Cornwall paddleboarding best locations because the whole family can have fun. While you are on your paddleboard, the whole family can have fun on the beach.


Porthallow, Helston, South West Cornwall

Porthallow near Helston provides an unspoiled coastline that has not been ruined by tourism. It’s a great location for paddleboarding. You will also share the water with divers, who also love this location. If you do fancy giving diving a try while you visit Cornwall for a paddleboarding holiday, then there is a dive centre located nearby.

It is one of the best beaches in Cornwall for paddleboarding.


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St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, South West Cornwall

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Photo supplied by Benjamin Elliott

St Michael’s Mount is one of the most popular landmarks in Cornwall and has been featured on TV and pictured in many magazines. It is a magical place to go paddleboarding in Cornwall.

For those who are still learning their paddleboarding skills, this is the ideal location to visit. With the still waters, those new to paddleboarding can start to improve their skills.

The views are amazing, and there is somewhere nearby to grab a bite to eat and a drink after a day of fun.


Loe Beach, Feock, South West Cornwall

If you love paddleboarding, Cornwall Loe Beach is for you. If you don’t have your own paddleboard then you can rent one, or if you need paddle board lessons, then you can get them here. There is a car park nearby, which is ideal.

Everyone should visit here for paddleboarding, and when you have finished, then you can go to the local pub that dates back to the 1200s, for a nice drink and meal.


The Gannel, North Cornwall

I love Gannel, North Cornwall. Paddleboarding fans and holidaymakers love it as much as I do. If you are looking for a staycation in the UK then this should be your first choice, especially if you love paddleboarding.

The turquoise waters and the amazing scenery are out of this world. No matter if you are a paddleboard beginner or an expert, the River Gannel is for you.

The River Gannel runs from Newquay to Crantock Beach. There are different places to launch your paddle board. If you are looking for an ideal spot to park, then may I suggest the National Trust car park, which is located at Crantock Beach. You can leave your vehicle here all day.

If you don’t have your own paddle board, then don’t worry, there is an activity centre nearby.


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Portreath, North Cornwall

I have only been here once, but I loved it. When paddleboarding here, it is like being part of a film set with the dramatic stretch of coastline and the towering cliffs, and the remarkable caves.

If you love wildlife, then while on your paddleboard you may get the chance to see seals and even dolphins.

I would not recommend Portreath, North Cornwall for beginners, it is more for those that are more experienced. It’s a great spot to go paddleboarding in Cornwall


Paddleboarding in Lostwithiel

The Fowey Estuary is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are lots of little boats along this stretch of water. It is a popular place for paddleboarding but not overcrowded, and what I love about paddleboarding here is you can pop into the historic town afterward.

It is a great location in Cornwall for paddleboarding, no matter what your ability is.


Paddleboarding in Cawsand

What I love about paddleboarding in Cornwall is, it does not matter where you go with your paddle board, there is always some great places to go afterward, and lots of great accommodation on offer.

Cawsand is a great spot for paddleboarding. It is a lovely little village on the Rame Peninsula. It is a great spot for those who are looking to learn their paddleboarding skills.


Paddleboarding at Wacker Quay

When I mention to people about going paddleboarding and saying one of the best paddleboarding locations in Cornwall is Wacker Quay, they always feel I am talking about a place in Australia. I must admit, the name does sound Australian. But it is not in Australia, it is just off the A374.

It is a great Cornwall paddleboard spot for beginners and experienced paddleboarders. There is a free car park which is always a bonus. I would advise taking your own refreshments, as it is a bit of a walk to the local village shop.


Paddleboarding in Cornwall

There are lots of places to go paddleboarding in Cornwall, I have put together what I believe are the best paddleboarding spots.

Unlike many places around the UK where paddleboarding fans like to go, with Cornwall paddleboarding you can bring the whole family and they won’t get fed up. While you are having fun, they can explore Cornwall or relax on one of the many beaches.

So, instead of leaving your family at home, bring them to Cornwall so you can all have fun.



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