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Places to Paddleboard in North Wales

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Places to Paddleboard in North Wales

Becoming more and more popular, North Wales is the ultimate destination for those who love adventure. With the stunning scenery of Snowdonia dominating the area, this is a dream location for those who enjoy nature at its finest.

With a perfect combination of beaches and lakes, there is plenty of choice when selecting a paddleboard location. Whether you are new to the sport or an avid paddleboarding enthusiast, get packing your inflatable SUP board because there is a spot to be enjoyed on our list for everyone.

With any unnecessary travelling currently on a halt, we have created this blog to keep your sense of adventure tingling, ready for when we are allowed to hit the water again.

Man and woman with inflatable paddleboards on backs heading to the beach.


A lovely little seaside town in the County Borough of Conwy, this coastal paddleboarding location looks out onto the Irish Sea.

If you love unique and quirky settings, this is the perfect location for you. The area is inundated with small bays which are sheltered from the wind, making it ideal for calm paddleboard sessions and accommodating for those who are new to the sport. For more advice if you are a beginner, take a look at our top tips for new paddleboarders.

It has also been recommended as a great family location due to the safety of its bays.

Colwyn Bay

Very close to the town of Llandudno lies the beautiful Colwyn Bay. Renowned for being a windsurfing destination, it can also accommodate the needs of paddleboarders if in the correct season.

The Colwyn Bay Watersports company offer a range of activities for water enthusiasts. With paddleboarding sessions for beginners, it is a great location to learn the basics of water safety and paddleboard technique.


Situated in the county of Gwynedd is the stunning seaside community of Barmouth.

Another location ideal for beginners or those who prefer a more relaxed paddleboard session, Barmouth lies between the River Mawddach and Cardigan Bay. This location is loved because of its flat waters. The surrounding mountain scenery of Snowdonia makes this place a truly tranquil spot and would be ideal if you wanted to venture into SUP yoga! Interested? Discover our 8 reasons to give it a try!

Man stood with paddleboard on beach.

Llyn Peninsula

The Llyn Peninsula is an area in North Wales which is favoured for its vast beaches all loved by keen paddleboarders.


Abersoch is one of the areas in the Llyn Peninsula which is heavily visited by paddleboarders. It is an excellent beach for gliding up and down the coast, idyllically sheltered by the surrounding harbours.

If you are a newbie to paddleboarding, the Offaxis company which is ideally located right on the beach provide visitors with SUP lessons.


Immerse yourself in picturesque sandy beaches and calm waters at the charming town of Porthdinllaen. Make sure to take your time and look out for the abundance of marine wildlife.

The National Trust also hold taster stand up paddleboarding sessions at Porthdinllaen which could be worth looking into if you are a beginner!


Its enchanting landscape and picture-perfect coastline draw the attention of many tourists, but Anglesey also offers beginner paddleboarders the opportunity to learn the sport in safety.

The area is sheltered from winds and is inundated with many small and charming coves for the more confident paddleboarders to explore.

Psyched Paddleboarding is a well-respected company in the area who offer beginner lessons. More excitingly, they also provide moonlit paddleboarding expeditions. You can explore the stunning area at night, under the magic of the stars.

Man Paddling F-One paddleboarding in water.

Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

Getting right up and close to Mount Snowdon, this beautiful lake can be found at the foot of the mountain.

Two miles in length, the glacial water lake offers tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the seasonal, coastal paddleboarding locations.

The location is part of Padarn Country Park and the lake is home to lessons supplied by a couple of the leading watersport companies in the area including Snowdonia Watersports and Boulder Adventures.

Llyn Gwynant

Again, not far from Mount Snowdon, you can enter the water from the roadside laybys providing you have permits from the campsite. Found in the Nant Gwynant valley, this paddleboarding spot is truly unique to North Wales.

Far removed from tourists, it tends to attract dedicated watersports enthusiasts.


Bala is situated in Snowdonia National Park and boasts some of the most incredible landscapes in North Wales.

Waterfalls, lakes, reservoirs and rivers all transcend through the region of Penllyn and Bala encompasses many of them! Whether you prefer fast-flowing waters or tranquil still lakes, there is something that will entice every paddleboarder going!

Llyn Tegid Lake - AKA Bala Lake

Bala Lake offers a widespread space to enjoy a host of water activities, at three and a half miles in length. Here you can find Bala Watersports, who can give beginners all the instruction they need to get confident in the water.

With so many locations to explore in North Wales, what do you think we’ve missed? Why not let us know on our social media channels? We would love to hear from you!

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