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During a visit to Cornwall, there are many sights to see, experiences to be had, and an abundance of seawater to make the most of. Fortunately for you, paddle boarding in Cornwall ticks all of those boxes and then some! Paddleboarding has become more and more popular in recent years as it offers the means to get on the water in a more casual and relaxed way.

For example, surfing requires a great deal of practice and skill to get the most out of it. Whereas with a paddleboard, standing on the board is relatively simple once you get the hang of it, and you can use it as the perfect vessel to explore Cornwall’s coast. Whether you’re a beginner or someone who feels at home on a paddleboard, it’s the perfect activity for a broad range of people. In this post, we’ll highlight a few special Cornish spots for paddleboarding.

Gyllyngvase/Swanpool (Falmouth)

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Gyllyngvase and Swanpool are two beaches in Falmouth that share a short coastal path and are a stone’s throw from one another — well, it depends how good your arm is. Both beaches have become hugely popular paddleboarding spots in recent years as they benefit from calm, open waters and plenty of coves nearby to explore. Also, they both offer paddleboards for rent and also lessons for beginners! If you’re someone visiting the area and need a paddleboarding 101, you won’t go wrong here.

Whether you want to paddle over to a secret cove, the nearby Maenporth beach, or even enjoy a paddleboard yoga class (yes, that’s a thing!) — a little jaunt to Falmouth may be worthwhile.

Fowey River

The Fowey is one of the most beloved locations for paddleboarding in Cornwall. It’s very peaceful, relaxing and has scenery to die for. Therefore it has become particularly popular among bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Rocky headlands, sandy beaches, beautiful flowering plants and wonderful wading birds are but a few of the sights to be seen.

These are considered to be safe waters and idyllic conditions for both beginners and more experienced paddleboarders. If you’re the former, you can book lessons and hire equipment from Polkerris Beach. Another great thing about this spot is the freedom to explore unique environments. You can head upriver towards Lostwithiel or head to the mouth of the river and venture out to sea; it’s completely up to you!

St Michael’s Mount

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St Michael’s Mount in Marazion is not only one of the most beautiful and special locations around, but it’s also among the best locations for paddleboarding in Cornwall — regardless of your skill or experience on a SUP. The view is nothing short of spectacular, and the conditions are perfect for paddleboarding as it’s rarely rough.

Starting from the beach in Marazion, you can mosey on over to the beautiful island to ‘dock’ and enjoy some treats at the café. You then have a choice to stay and visit the incredible 14th-century castle, or hop back on your board and get a unique view of St Michael’s Mount. This location tends to be a go-to for holidaymakers, so expect it to be busy. But hey, what does that matter if you’re out on the water? If you need lessons, you can do so at Ocean High.

Portreath

Portreath is one of Cornwall’s most mesmerising coastlines and an absolute dream for paddleboarders. It not only provides you with views of the hidden coves, astonishing caves, and beautiful cliff faces — but you may also be lucky enough to see a few seals, dolphins and other marine wildlife.

Regarding the actual paddleboarding, it’s more suited to those who have a bit more experience on a board as there can be a bit of swell. However, if you head down on a calm day, you’ll be met with nothing but fantastic views and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Western Cove and Ralph’s Cupboard (collapsed sea cave) are two particularly popular, awe-inspiring locations nearby that are a must for paddleboarders as the former has no land access. If you’re not confident to explore on your own, don’t worry! You can take part in tours from Portreath to St Agnes with Sup in a Bag.

Sennen Cove

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Sennen Cove is not only one of Cornwall’s most delightful spots; it’s among the UK’s most beautiful locations. Yep, it really is that nice! As you can imagine, this makes it a brilliant place for a spot of paddleboarding in Cornwall. While it is indeed beautiful, it’s known to be a spot with some hefty swell, so it’s best to go on a calm day.

It’s a popular place for both tourists and locals as it offers a completely unique view of Land’s End and offers plenty in the way of wildlife too — as there is a seal colony that inhabits a sea cave below the headland. And there’s no reason for beginners to miss out, as Ocean Sports Centre Tours will provide you with the full Sennen Cove/Porthcurno experience.

If this area sounds like your cup of tea, why not check out our Carbis Bay accommodation so that you’re nearby and don’t have to trek across the county to enjoy such incredible scenery!