Best Places to Paddle in Cornwall Guide

Canoes - kayaks - stand up paddleboarding

Enjoy getting out in stunning natural surroundings


SUP in a Bag explores the stunning coast and waterways of Cornwall, sharing an adventure and a chit chat along the way.

Before I was lucky enough to move to Cornwall, when I visited I was always looking for ideas and advice on places to paddle, answers to practical questions:-

  • is the journey suitable for my ability and conditions?

  • will I be able to park?

  • is there a launch fee?

  • how long is the carry?

  • is there a nice pub?

and many more........

After moving here over 10 years ago and more recently running a mobile Stand Up Paddleboard Business, I'm in a perfect position to help others discover Cornwall, it's wildlife, coast and waterways.

I am all about finding those hidden spots, clear waters, rocky outcrops, a cave, a beach with a view and wildlife. Amazing that even in August it's possible to get away from the crowds after just a few minutes paddling.

The Best Places to Paddle in Cornwall Guide covers a variety of paddles for different abilities and with very different backdrops.  Here’s a quick overview follow the links for more detailed information.

The River Helford

Marking the joining point of the Lizard to Cornwall, the River mouth opens into Falmouth Bay and catch the tide right and you can paddle to Gweek, perhaps visiting the Seal Sanctuary. Wood lined River, creek and coastal paddles are available from a variety of launch sites. Find out more about paddling the Helford River

Padstow - The Camel Estuary

The Camel Estuary is a buzz with watersports enthusiasts in craft of all shapes and sizes. An extremely tidal location best paddled an hour either side of high tide (slack water). With access points from beaches and slipways there are so many paddle available visit idyllic little Petherick Creek, beautiful sandy beaches such as Daymer or paddle to Wadebridge. Find out more about Padstow

Loe Beach - The Fal, Carrick Roads

A small shingle beach offers easy parking and a short carry to the water. A great spot for messing about near the shore, heading up the Fal or exploring the creeks. Who knows you may discover a 13th Century Waterside Thatched Pub. Find out more about Loe Beach

Maenporth - Falmouth Bay

A family friendly gently sloping sandy beach sheltered in most conditions. Head just out of the cove to find the Ben Asdale shipwreck, a cave with a secret passage and on low tides keep an eye out for pasty crabs and spiny starfish. Find out more about Maenporth

Porthallow on the Lizard

Truly ‘off the beaten track’ tucked in on the North East of the Lizard, Porthallow offers access to crystal clear waters popular with divers. You can park on the beach even in August. Paddle north or south exploring the stunning coastline with far reaching views across Falmouth Bay. Find out more about Porthallow

Crantock - The Gannel

Much quicter than other Newquay Beaches, Crantock is a popular spot with familes and paddlers, the River opens up into a stunning sandy bottomed lake. Being tidal, it is best paddled an hour either side of high tide (slack water). Find out more about Crantock and the Gannel

Carbis Bay - St Ives

Golden sands and turquoise waters, this unusually sheltered spot on the north coast is just breathtaking. Take in the iconic views of St Ives and Godrevy Lighthouse. Find out more about Carbis Bay

With new locations being added and information updated regularly, it's a work in progress and I welcome any feedback and am happy to answer any specific questions. Sign up to our Newsletter for updates, offers and News in a Bag on the form below or follow this link.

There's a lot of detail on the launch site and some ideas for journeys, but to a large degree the journey planning is left to you.  You can click along the categories to filter journeys such as great for seal spotting.

Always consider the conditions and paddle within your ability

If you would like the planning done for you or wish to push your abilities and paddle somewhere a bit more extreme SUP in a Bag provides provides Guided Experiences #SUPLikeaLocal

To compliment the Guide there is a Coastal Journey Planning Guide which discusses issues including wind against tide, headlands and emergency planning.

Learn more about Coastal Journey Planning on one of our Camping Weekends.

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Link to the first Paddle Spot