Stand Up Paddleboarding

Carne Beach, Veryan on the Roseland

The perfect place to learn to paddleboard and to have a SUP Adventure #GoAnywhere

Link to Google Maps - Carne Beach

6346+VQ Carne, Truro


Carne Beach is a real locals spot at the end of a long lane. As you arrive there are spectacular views across Veryan Bay, with Nare Head drawing your attention to the east. The gentle gradient of golden sand is calm in most conditions and it provides a fairly mellow beach day, attracting watercraft and families playing in the shallows.

Paddling in the shelter of Nare Head provides stunning veiws back towards Portscatho and further across to the Lizard on a clear day. The waters are generally clear with views over the rock gardens. A stop at the small cove below the ruins of Mallets Cottage is a must. We always poke our nose around the Head to look at Gull Rock and along the coast, however paddling around is not always on the cards due to the wind and tides.

If a paddle is on towards Portloe there is a real treat in store and keep an eye out for a seal bobbing up quietly behind the paddleboards or hauled out on a favourite rock.

 After any paddle you can always pop into the bar at the Nare Head Hotel with amazing views from the beer garden. Short drive away is the Hidden Hut which serves stunning food and has become extremely popular with visitors and locals alike.


What to expect


It's a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time as there is a little 'faff' associated with boating activities, usually getting changed, allocating equipment, having a chat and deciding what to pack in the dry bag.  At the start of the session you will receive a short shore briefing covering:-

  1. The route and what you will learn

  2. Safety considerations including, communication, equipment and hazards

  3. An introduction on how to Stand Up Paddleboard

  4. Then it's time to hit the water

There will be plenty of time for asking questions and personalised paddling tips.  All while you enjoy exploring the River.  

What to wear

What to wear stand up paddleboarding is personal choice, but we recommend:-

  • Spring: full length wetsuits are best even on sunny days as the water hasn't warmed up yet. It is always good to bring a wind proof jacket and warm hat even if we stow them in a dry bag. If you know you get cold it may be worth bringing gloves.

  • Summer: a shortie wetsuit is ideal, but plenty of us paddle in summer with a full length wetsuit. For an evening paddle or in poor conditions a wind proof and a hat are always a good idea to take as spares.

  • Autumn: The weather varies so much, the water is warm in Autumn. We would recommend a full length wetsuit (winter one in late Autumn), bring along spares of a waterproof jacket and hat. Wetsuit boots if you feel the cold and if the weather is cooler.

  • On your feet: Stand up Paddle Boarding is easier bare feet, however many people opt to wear wetsuit shoes or old trainers, particularly for launching off rocky shores.

If you require a wetsuit we can hire them if booked in advance or you can hire them locally to you. W recommend hiring through Bathsheba Surf Shop in Perranporth and you will receive a discount if you mention SUP in a Bag. 

What to bring?

  • Bring a drinks bottle (reusable ideally)

  • Suncream, as the effects of the sun while on the water are stronger than on land. Don't forget your feet!

Bring a towel for the shore

Facilities at Carne Beach

There is a National Trust Pay and display car park next to the beach with toilets. Arrive in plenty of time to get a space, particularly on a sunny day in August.

If you have any questions at all please Contact Us

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