Bude, Cornwall

Family paddleboarding Cornwall: Where is the best place to SUP near Bude?

Family paddleboarding Cornwall: Where is the best place to SUP near Bude?

Back bend on a paddle board in Cornwall

Are you thinking about paddleboarding in Cornwall? We love spending time on the water and when the sea is calm, we’ll ditch our bodyboards and switch to exploring by paddle power. But where can you go paddleboarding in Bude? Here we share some of the spots we’ve found to launch our paddleboard (and canoe) during our visits to Cottons Cottage.

Where can you SUP in Bude?

Here are three popular SUP spots in Bude, within 10 minutes drive from Cottons Cottage.

  • Bude sea pool
  • Summerleaze beach
  • Bude canal

Family paddleboarding in Cornwall

For us, paddling is a family activity. We have two vessels. I (Laura) travel on stand up paddle board. Mike favours a two-seat inflatable canoe. Poppy (age 9) and Milly (age 7) take it in turns to co-captain both vessels. We tend to skip the adrenalin rush of sailing over white water and stick to our visions of paddling being a more serene, exploratory experience. But the reality is the girls eventually jump off, using the paddleboard as a diving board! 

With this in mind, our paddling spots in Cornwall are chosen for being family-friendly, relatively still and always scenic. So, this is probably not for those looking for a thrilled-packed ride on the surf.

5 Cornwall paddleboarding spots we’ve visited

1. Bude sea pool

A great place to find your feet (literally). Bude’s semi-natural pool is a calm location away from the waves. It’s a safe paddle spot for SUP beginners wanting to take in sea views while mastering turns.

2. Bude canal 

Park up at the Crescent car park in Bude and launch onto the calm canal waters. Head one way to explore the canal and the surrounding countryside and wildlife. Or, paddle down to Summerleaze beach and experience SUP on the open sea.

3. Summerleaze beach

A great place to experiment with open water paddleboarding in Cornwall. If you time your paddle for when the tide is in, the water is generally calmer, but you should always be prepared to get wet!

4. Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay could be one of the best places to paddle board in Cornwall. The calm, shallow waters are perfect for SUP-ers who want a sea paddling experience without the adrenalin action of riding bigger waves.

5. Cotehele Quay

This is a new discovery for us. We took a wonderful paddle up the river Tamar from Cotehele Quay to the Calstock Viaduct. It’s about a one hour drive from the cottage and you can combine your paddle with exploring the National Trust site at Cotehele (which is definitely worth a visit). 

A few safety tips before you head out paddleboarding in Cornwall…

The beaches in North Cornwall are tidal so check the tide times and be aware that water conditions can change quickly We also reiterate the advice from the paddleboarding experts at RED equipment to P.L.O.T. your paddle.

P – Personal floatation device. Wear a buoyancy aid.

L – Leash. Make sure your board has a safety leash and always use it.

O – Obstacles and offshore winds. Give both a wide berth.

T – Telephone. Take one so you can communicate if you get into trouble.

Paddleboarding Cornwall at sea

Where can you hire a SUP in Bude?

Interested in paddleboarding in Bude? With SUP becoming more and more popular, there are plenty of places to hire a paddle board in Bude or sign up for a taster experience. Here are a few places to try…