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5 Of The Best Places To Go Paddle Boarding In Bristol & Nearby

Posted by Luke Green

If you live in Bristol, there are many different SUP spots to try out, both in the city centre and nearby. In order to help you get started, we’ve selected 5 of the best places to go paddle boarding in Bristol for paddlers of varying experience levels. Find out the best SUP stops alongside answers to any burning questions you might have about SUPing in the Bristol area, such as “can you paddle board in Bristol Harbour” and “where’s the best places for beginners to try out their skills”? Let’s take a closer look at the places that have made it onto the list:

River Avon

One of the biggest blessings for SUPers living in the Bristol area is the River Avon, which extends 120km from Gloucestershire right down to Bristol. Surrounded by luscious green countryside, there are plenty of access points to launch from along the river. This is the perfect place to go paddle boarding in Bristol if you’re looking to enjoy a longer paddle adventure, as you can stop off at many of the quaint villages and towns along the way. Paddling on rivers is more challenging than paddling on flat, calm waters, such as lakes and so we’d only recommend the River Avon as a spot for paddle boarding in Bristol, for those with more experience. 

Bristol Harbour

Packed full of restaurants, bars and shops the harbourside is one the buzziest spots in the city, however many people wonder can you paddle board in Bristol Harbour? The answer to this question is “yes”. In fact, the harbour is one of the coolest places to go paddle boarding in Bristol, offering unique views of the city and plenty of people watching opportunities. Plus, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat from afterwards. In order to use your own stand up paddle board in the harbour you’ll need to apply for a licence. You’ll also need to launch from the slipway at Baltic Wharf and make sure that you’re wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

Clevedon Marine Lake

Under an hour away from the city centre, Clevedon Marine Lake is definitely one of the best places to go paddle boarding near Bristol for beginners. The seawater lake offers a more sheltered location for beginners to safely try out their skills for the first time. The lake is open most days with no need to book, however it’s recommended that you check the calendar to double check before you arrive. This is a popular spot with swimmers and canoers, meaning it can get very busy during the summer. During peak season, if you head out earlier in the morning or early evening, then this should help you avoid the crowds.

Cheddar Reservoir

Located just outside of Bristol, not far from Weston-Super-Mare, Cheddar Reservoir offers spectacular views of the Cheddar Gorge and Mendip Hills. On a clear day, you may also be able to see the summit of Glastonbury Tor. There’s plenty of opportunity to rent SUPs, or you can bring your own SUP if you become a member of the Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC), who are situated on the Northern side of the reservoir. This is a great place for beginners to take lessons, and learn the basics in more calm and sheltered conditions. 

River Parrett

The River Parrett provides a beautiful paddling location, and it can be easily accessed from Bristol in just over an hour’s drive. There are various locations to enjoy paddling on the river, however one of our favourite launch spots is at Langport.There’s plenty of parking here and easy access to the river bank. Paddling against the tide can be difficult and so we’d recommend this spot for paddlers with a little more experience. Surrounded by luscious countryside, this is definitely one of the most tranquil places to go paddle boarding near Bristol. 

For more tips and recommendations on where to go paddle boarding in Bristol, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Red.