The Best Places to Stand Up Paddle Board in Dorset

2 June 2021Holiday Park News

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the best ways to explore the Jurassic Coast during your holiday in Dorset. Not only is it great fun, but it’s a fantastic way to keep fit and take in the magnificent views from a unique perspective.

Paddleboarding is well-suited to adults and children, making it the perfect activity to try during your break at one of our award-winning holiday parks. Bring your own board or hire one locally, and join a taster session or SUP tour along the Dorset coast to perfect your paddling skills.

There are so many fantastic places to SUP in the South West. Here we share our top 10 places to stand up paddle board in Dorset!

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1) River Brit

Launch from the slipway next to West Bay River Boats to begin your West Bay SUP adventure. The River Brit meanders through picturesque countryside and provides an up close look at pretty flowers and trees as you paddle. Keep a look out for wildlife, including elusive kingfishers and schools of fish in the clear water below. If you’re really lucky you might even see an otter swim alongside you!

The adventure is nearly 4km up the river to Palmers Brewery in Bridport and back!

stand up paddle boarding along the river brit west bay

2) Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach boasts 18 miles of unspoiled shingle beach. This wild and rugged stretch of coastline is quite the spectacle and a must visit during your Dorset holiday. The water is very deep and the conditions are often unfavourable for SUP, so care should be taken in the water. This venue is best suited to experienced paddlers only, who have an in depth knowledge of wind and tidal conditions.

We recommend booking a paddle board lesson with one of the outdoor adventure activity providers on this section of coast. Adventure4All and Weymouth Watersports both offer introductory sessions and SUP rental.

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3) Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is known affectionately as the ‘Pearl of Dorset’ and can be viewed brilliantly from the water. Enjoy views of Lyme Regis and its iconic Cobb Harbour wall as you paddle along the coastline. Be sure to visit the crystal-clear waters of Beachcombe, just 10 minutes away!

Boylos are located on the beach front and offer SUP lessons, paddle board rental and paddle boards for sale!

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4) Eype Beach

Eype Beach is just a short walk from Highlands End Holiday Park. It is one of the most rural beaches in West Dorset and offers fantastic SUP adventures when the sea state is calm! If you fancy making your paddle into a longer trip, be sure to paddle west along the coast past the clifftop peaks of Thorncombe Beacon and the Doghouse Hills to Seatown (where our Golden Cap park is located) and check out the Anchor Inn’s seafood menu!

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5) Durdle Door

Durdle Door is possibly the most iconic location on the Jurassic Coast and the historic arch is a great place to paddle board – going through the arch is an unforgettable experience! The best place to start is at nearby Lulworth Cove, a couple of miles along the coast where the clear water can be accessed via a small shingle beach.

Explore this beautiful shell-shaped cove with Lulworth Activities or Jurassic Coast Activities. They both offers paddle board hire.

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6) Studland Bay

Paddle boarding is one of the best ways to explore the sheltered waters of Studland Bay. Enjoy picturesque views across the water to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth and even the Isle of Wight in the distance. You can paddle alongside the beautiful golden sand beach, or if you’re confident, out towards Old Harry Rocks. Here, you can explore the sea stacks and cliffs, that many people often say looks like a giant puzzle piece from above!

Studland is relatively sheltered, making it an excellent choice for beginners just starting out. Paddle boards can be hired with Fore Adventure, from their beach hut at Middle Beach.

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7) West Bay

West Bay is just East of our Highlands End Holiday Park and offers stunning views of the marvelous golden cliffs that featured in ITV’s crime drama Broadchurch! Better yet, West Bay is also home to Bay Paddle Boards who offer lessons, fitness, yoga, hire and more!

8) Sandbanks and Brownsea Island

With soft golden sand and breath-taking tropical views, it’s not difficult to see why Sandbanks is considered one of the best beaches in Britain. It has been awarded the Blue Flag award for over 30 years and boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world.

Paddle boarding around Sandbanks, Studland Bay and Poole Harbour is one of the best things you could do during a holiday in Dorset. We recommend paddling to Brownsea Island, in the middle of Poole Harbour, where there are hidden beaches waiting to be explored. The island is owned by the National Trust and is home to a range of wildlife, including rare red squirrels.

There are a number of outdoor activity providers located along the shoreline at Poole Harbour. Many offer SUP hire and guided tours around Brownsea.

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9) Kimmeridge Bay

Located a few miles east of Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay is rocky bay in a Special Area of Conservation. On calm days, there are crystal clear waters with rockpools and fossil-strewn ledges around the bay, perfect for paddle boarding and snorkeling. The bay is naturally sheltered, but when seas are rougher and the wind is up, it is also one of Dorset’s best surf and windsurfing spots!

There is a boat launch area and a stony beach to paddle board from. There is also a large carpark and toilet facilities.

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10) River Frome – Wareham

The historic Saxon town of Wareham dates back 2,000 years and was once a stronghold for King Alfred the Great! It’s a pretty riverside town, flanked on both sides by the River Piddle and the River Frome. The River Frome flows right past the centre of the town at Wareham Quay and it’s a lovely place to sit and enjoy a picnic, take a walk along the riverside path, or get on the water on a paddle board. Head east and you can paddle past the boats and marinas towards the Arne Nature Reserve and Poole Harbour.

SUP’s can be hired from Wareham Boat Hire on the quay.

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We hope you enjoy stand up paddleboarding in Dorset. Our coastline offers some of the best watersports in the UK. Please remember to stay safe whilst out on the water and check the weather and water conditions before starting your adventure! Always where a leg leash and a buoyancy aid.

Have fun!

Written by Andrew Christopher

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