Top 5 Places in Devonshire England To Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding

 Top 5 Places in Devonshire England To Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding 

Devonshire England. Home of the infamous cream tea, and breath-taking landscapes. Located in the South West of England, Devon is known for its active lifestyle, and water sport activities. North and south coastlines many lakes and rivers scattered around the county. Devon is a great place for stand up paddle boarders looking for a fun afternoon out on the water. There are so many great places to go paddle boarding in Devon, but here are our top 5 must-see locations.

Croyde, North Devon

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in North Devon Croyde bay Devonshire England

by Travels with a dog and a Camera -)

Location and History

Croyde is a small village located on the west-facing coastline of North Devon. The village adopted its name from the Viking raider, Crydaa who ruled from 794.

Crydaa became the owner of Croyde beach, allowing his Viking long ships to moor and unload along the coastline. Croyde beach is relatively steep, meaning there are some breath-taking views of the rolling fields and coastlines.

Why is Croyde, North Devon a great place to visit?

  • Sheltered bay
  • Seafront facilities
  • Paddle board hire
  • Unspoiled village
  • North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Lifeguarded beach

Why is it a great place for stand up paddlers?

Croyde is a popular site for experienced paddle boarders. Quick breaks in the waves and strong rip currents make it a challenging environment for paddle boarding.

Experienced paddle boarders thrive in these conditions, hoping to catch some epic waves in a magnificent location. If you’re new to paddle boarding, there are calmer lakes near the beach. On that side there is a more relaxed paddle boarding experience if you’re not yet ready to brave the waves just yet.

 

Burgh Island, South Devon

Burgh Island Panorama by Robert Pittman

Burgh Island Panorama by Robert Pittman

Location and History

Burgh Island is a small island found on the South West coastline, opposite the seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea. History of the island is unclear, but the remains of a chapel suggest it was a popular fishing spot, where fisherman would often fish for shoals of pilchard.

The Pilchard Inn located on the island is also thought to have been a hideout for smugglers and pirates in the 14th century. Burgh Island has also been the inspiration for many art pieces, including two Agatha Christie novels, and Ben Howard’s ‘Burgh Island’ song.

Why is it a great place to visit?

  • Hidden caves and coves
  • Seafront facilities
  • Paddle board hire
  • Accessible island
  • Lifeguarded

Why is it a great place for stand up paddlers?

Burgh Island is known as one of the best stand up paddle boarding locations in the United Kingdom (UK). Paddling around the island will lead you to some abandoned caves and coves, a great location to go exploring on and off the water.

Popular routes include paddling from Burgh Island to Hope Cove. Hope Cove is a well-protected harbor, great for beginner paddle boarders. To make the most of this trip. Pack a picnic for when you stop off at Hope Cove. Then make your way back to Burgh Island while taking in the stunning views around you.

 

Salcombe, South Devon

"Salcombe, South Devon" by theboybg

“Salcombe, South Devon” by theboybg

Location and History

Salcombe is a coastal town in South Devon, lying on the Kingsbridge Estuary. Traditionally, Salcombe is a shipbuilding, fishing, and sailing town. Due to the isolated nature of Salcombe. Most of its trade came via the sea.

Improved transport links opened up this small town, which is now a hotspot for holiday makers all over the world. Salcombe is known for its Mediterranean like microclimate that makes it feel like you’re somewhere other than the UK.

Why is it a great place to visit?

  • Clear blue waters
  • Paddle board hire
  • Seafront facilities
  • South Devon Area has Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Lifeguarded

Why is it a great place for stand up paddlers?

Salcombe is a sheltered estuary making it a perfect location for beginner paddle boarders. The formation of the estuary protects the water from wind and adverse tidal conditions. Take a short paddle around the picturesque Salcombe harbor, or venture out to sea for a longer paddle boarding trip.

 

Spitchwick , Dartmoor Devon

Spitchwick Dartmoor Paddle Boarding

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Location and History

Spitchwick is a historic estate located in the parish of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Located on the natural beauty that is Dartmoor, Spitchwick is the perfect place to visit if the beach isn’t your thing.

Spitchwick contains a large grassy area along the River Dart, making it the perfect day out location. The history of Spitchwick is limited. All we currently know is that Spitchwick has been owned by the Simpson family since 1934.

Why is it a great place to visit?

  • Secluded area
  • Picnic Area
  • Spots for cliff jumping
  • East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Why is it a great place for stand up paddlers?

Calm, crystal clear waters make Spitchwick a great place for a leisurely paddle. It is easy to spend the whole day here. Pack a BBQ and your paddle board, and your set for the day. Gently cruise around the bends in the River Dart before stopping for cliff jumping and rope swinging. If you’re feeling brave.

 

Exeter Quay, South Devon

Exeter Canal Quay South Devon

“Exeter canal with morning mist” by John Englart

Location and History

Exeter’s Quayside is located right in the heart of Exeter. Next to the River Exe and the Exeter Ship Canal. Exeter Quayside was originally used for unloading ships from overseas traders.

In the 17th century, Exeter Quay was expanded to meet the demands of overseas shipping. However, when railways were introduced into Exeter in 1840. The shipping demand stopped and now Exeter Quay is only used for leisure activities like paddle boarding and kayaking.

Why is it a great place to visit?

  • Paddleboard hire
  • In the city center
  • Calm waters
  • Pubs along route

Why is it a great place for stand up paddlers?

If you paddle at Exeter Quay on the canal. Follow the River Exe down to Topsham where you will pass multiple pubs along the way. If you’re looking for a leisurely day out close to the city. Exeter Quay is the perfect location.

Take a short paddle down to Double Locks or venture out a bit further to the Turf Locks. Stop off for lunch before heading back to a vibrant evening on the Quay.

Exeter Quay is not affected by the tide making it a great place to enjoy a leisurely paddle. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Exeter Quay is the perfect city for a day out paddling.

 

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