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8 Of The Best Places To Paddle Board In Devon

Posted by Luke Green

Devon in the South of England is iconic for many things including the beautiful coastline, spectacular beaches and mesmerizing wildlife. In fact, Devon has two separate coastlines; the English Channel in the South and the Bristol Channel in the North - so there's lots to explore on your SUP! If you’re lucky enough to live in Devon or are heading there holiday, we’d highly recommend you try at least one on this list of 8 fantastic places to paddle board in Devon.

1. Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor

We had to start our list of ‘best places to paddle board in Devon’ with this stunning spot located in the South East of Exmoor, Devon. Wimbleball Lake has everything you could need for a paddle boarding adventure, including: changing rooms, a cafe and even a watersports centre - in case your SUP moves are a bit rusty! The glistening body of water is perfect for stand up paddle boarding beginners, due to its flat stillness, which makes keeping your balance that little bit easier.

2. South Milton Sands

Beach At South Milton Sands

National Trust owned, South Milton Sands is one of the most popular beaches in the South Hams due to its vast golden sands, teeming rock pools and wide sheltered bay. Thurlestone rock, a natural archway positioned in the bay, is a perfect point to practice your stand up paddle boarding skills, testing your precision and control as you venture under the arch. If you’re feeling adventurous, simply deflate your Red paddle board, stuff it in its SUP backpack and carry it along the South West coast path until you see the historic village and bright blue waters of Hope Cove.

3. Watermouth Cove

Watermouth harbour North Devon coast near Ilfracombe

Next up on our list of best places to paddle in Devon, is the turquoise waters of the Watermouth Cove; once a smugglers paradise the sheltered and secluded harbour is ideal for intermediate paddle boarders, looking to tackle seawater for the first time. Watermouth Bay is naturally shielded from the rambunctious breakwater of Sexton's Burrows, creating a thriving ecosystem of rare marine species such as: bottlenose dolphins, moon jellyfish and seals. Just pop up your inflatable paddle board and enjoy the thrilling waters, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for majestic marine life.

4. The River Dart, Dittisham

Paddle Boarders On The River Dart

Connecting Dartmoor to the British Channel, the glistening clear waters of the River Dart offer endless versatility and adrenaline-filled adventures on your SUPing holiday. Launching from Dittisham Village, you can either follow the river's flow toward the maritime town of Dartmouth or head upwards to the lively town of Totnes. If you’re a confident paddle boarder, we’d recommend paddling past Dartmoor Castle, toward the sea, exploring the magical caves and canyons along the way.

Discover our complete paddle boarding guide to the River Dart.

5. Dartmoor, Haytor Quarry

If you’re looking for places to paddle board with spectacular scenery and tranquil still waters, Haytor Quarry is for you! Haytor Quarry is the perfect spot to get in uninterrupted paddle board practice in the busy summer season, as most swimmers will head up to Haytor Rocks. But don’t be fooled, the Quarry is just as beautiful, surrounded by high rocks covered in blooms of natural flowers. Shielded from the harsh weather often found on Dartmoor, the Quarry’s flat water is perfect for stand up paddle boarding beginners. Don’t forget your kit bag for trekking up those Dartmoor hills.

6. Burgh Island

Burgh Island

An iconic South Devon landmark, Burgh Island is one of the best paddle boarding spots in the South West. The famous tropical waters and thriving wildlife will take around an hour to explore on your inflatable stand up paddle board; celebrate your adventure with the amenities located on the stunning sandy beach of Bigbury-on-Sea. If you’re a nervous paddle boarder, don’t worry! The beach has on-duty lifeguards during the summer months for extra peace of mind. The inspiration behind two Agatha Christie novels, number 6 on our list of best places to paddle board in Devon is one not to miss!

7. Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary

Waterfront at Salcombe South Hams Devon

The Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary is a true watersports haven. You can explore the iconic harbour, stretches of soft, sandy beaches or the rugged coastline with the convenience of your inflatable paddle board. The protected estuary means you can enjoy the glistening blue water without worrying about the turning tides. One of the most beautiful towns in Devon, Salcombe has the perfect blend of rolling green hills and renowned coastal views; with so many beaches to explore we’d recommend taking a picnic, to enjoy your individual beach discovery.

You can find more information about the Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary in our place to paddle section.

8. Exe Estuary

Holiday makers at Orcombe point, Exmouth

Last but not least, take a moment to explore the mesmerising backdrop of the 250 million-year-old UNESCO Jurassic Coast. Whether you’re a stand up paddle boarding pro or a beginner, the Exe Estuary in Exmouth has a route for you. Head towards Orcombe Point at the start of the Jurassic Coast for a more challenging paddle or stay in the ‘duckpond’ for a still paddle board playground to hone your skills. Want to try something new? Then why not give SUP yoga a go? It’s fantastic for finessing your balance and there are few things more calming (once you’ve gotten the hang of it).

Planning your next paddle boarding holiday? Check out our list of all of the best places to paddle board around the UK and across the globe. Know a place that’s missing from our list? Lek us know so we can add it!