Paddleboarding Locations in Cornwall
Paddleboarding enthusiasts around the country may find themselves driving for an hour or more to reach the coastline in search of a SUP’ing spot. However, those in Cornwall are truly spoiled for choice, with over 400 miles of stunning coastline, all within a short distance of the towns and villages in the county.
Whether you live in Cornwall and are looking for spots to start your paddleboarding hobby or are a SUP enthusiast looking for an active getaway, we have selected some of the best paddleboarding locations in Cornwall to share with you.
Towan Beach, Newquay
This spot is ideal for all levels of experience and is typically good for paddleboarding activities no matter the tide times. Towan Beach is shielded by Towan Head, making the waters fairly calm and shielded from the wind, making it the perfect place to start out.
Harlyn Bay, Padstow
A truly picturesque SUP spot, Harlyn Bay boasts stunning cliffs, turquoise waters and a wide stretch of golden sand, making for a tranquil paddleboarding session. As you paddle towards Trevose, you will be rewarded with an assortment of rock formations, coves and stunning sights.
The beach is protected by the Trevose Headland, which shelters paddleboarders from the wind; however, you can still find some decent waves here when conditions are right. It is a great spot for beginners and is also frequented by surfers, if you like to take part in other seaside activities.
Falmouth Bay, Falmouth
Generally speaking, the north coast of Cornwall offers the best conditions for paddleboarding and surfing. However, there are still plenty of locations on the south coast that shouldn’t be missed, and Falmouth Bay is certainly one of them.
The calm waters here offer a tranquil paddle session, and the sheltered position makes it home to a wide range of sea life. Head here if you want to paddle alongside the likes of fish, seabirds and perhaps even dolphins and seals if you’re lucky!
Marazion Beach, Marazion
If you’re looking to SUP with a stunning view, then this is definitely the spot for you. Marazion Beach sits opposite the impressive St Michael’s Mount, so you’ll be paddling in front of an incredible backdrop.
The water here is rarely rough, and you can paddle over to the Mount harbour and investigate the island. This area is included in the whole of the Mount’s Bay, the biggest bay in Cornwall, so you will have plenty to explore.
Mousehole, a fishing village to the west of Penzance, is home to a delightful harbour area that is perfect for a gentle paddle. It is a sheltered harbour and the dream location for animal-loving paddleboarders.
Just outside the harbour is a small island that boasts a seal colony, which you can paddle out to and watch them snoozing! It is also common to spot common dolphins and porpoises while out on a paddleboarding adventure.
Carbis Bay, St Ives
St Ives Bay is home to a number of beaches that are perfect for paddleboarding, and Carbis Bay is one of the best. Carbis Bay offers good, safe conditions that are suitable for paddleboarders of all ages and abilities. Heading left, you could paddle to St Ives to enjoy some ice cream or chips; just watch out for the seagulls!
Where Else to Go in St Ives
Also in St Ives Bay is Porthkidney, Porthminster and Hayle, which all offer calmer, sheltered waters. For more experienced paddleboarders, head to Gwithian and Godrevy, where the sea has more of a swell, offering a more challenging adventure.
Will you be heading to Cornwall now to explore the breath-taking coastline? Don’t forget to pack your inflatable SUP board to get the most out of this stunning area!
If you are new to paddleboarding, then check out our top tips for new paddleboarders to help you get started!