Discover the Best Paddleboarding Spots in Worcestershire and the Cotswolds

Looking to embark on an exciting paddleboarding adventure? Worcestershire and the Cotswolds offer some of the best spots for stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) in the UK. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced paddler, these locations provide stunning scenery and perfect conditions for a memorable experience.

Top Spots in Worcestershire:

  1. River Avon - We're based on this rive and it's ideal for a leisurely paddle with beautiful views of the countryside. You could also try Launching from Bidford or Stratford-upon-Avon, both provide picturesque routes with a mix of natural beauty and charming towns. Join our River Safari for Beginners to explore this tranquil waterway.
  2. Worcester - Paddleboarding in the heart of Worcester offers a unique urban paddling experience with the backdrop of historic architecture.
  3. River Severn - The longest river in the UK, the River Severn offers diverse paddling opportunities. Its gentle stretches near Worcester are perfect for beginners and those looking for a scenic paddle.

Top Spots in the Cotswolds:

  1. Cotswold Water Park - With over 150 lakes, this is a paddleboarding paradise. Try out different lakes and enjoy the serene environment.
  2. River Thames at Lechlade - A historic and scenic route that offers a unique paddling experience.
  3. Stratford-upon-Avon - Paddle past the birthplace of Shakespeare and soak in the cultural heritage of the area.

Board Licencing and Access: Before heading out, ensure you have the necessary licences. A British Canoeing membership includes a waterways license, allowing you to paddle on many rivers and canals in England. Always be aware of access rights and seek permission if necessary. Politely ask landowners, pub owners, or other stakeholders if you can launch from their property. Respecting access and following local guidelines helps maintain good relationships and keeps these beautiful spots accessible to everyone.

Leave No Trace: When paddleboarding, it's essential to respect wildlife and the environment. Follow these principles to ensure you leave no trace:

  • Dispose of Waste Properly: Carry out all rubbish, including food wrappers and bottles.
  • Respect Wildlife: Observe animals from a distance. Do not approach or feed them.
  • Stay on Durable Surfaces: Use established launch points to prevent erosion and damage to natural habitats.
  • Minimise Impact: Avoid dragging your board over vegetation or disturbing the water unnecessarily.
  • Be Considerate of Others: Keep noise levels down and respect other paddlers and waterway users.

Ready to paddle? Book your session with us today and experience the best of paddleboarding in Worcestershire and the Cotswolds. Learn more about our group sessions and tours.