SUP Locations

SUP Locations

Standup paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water and is not all about the surfing waves, it can be enjoyed on rivers, lakes and inland waterways as well.

If you have some experience and own a SUP, you can explore the waterways without any instruction, but it is best to start on calm rivers or canals and work up gradually to rougher waters or coastal waters.


SUP on Canals

There are over 3,000 miles of canal to explore in the UK. These 'water highways' are an ideal environment to learn on and most people will have a canal near them, but you will need a licence.

SUP on Rivers and Lakes 

The UK's rivers and lakes provide great SUP opportunites for both recreational and competitive paddlers. Rivers are graded according to an International Grading System 1-6, with grade 1 representing calmer rivers, but not all inland water is open to paddleboarders, some is privately owned and the law on access/navigation rights is unclear. Before you set off on your trip, please contact The British Canoe Union - has an Access Officer in each region who can advise you about local waterways.

Get a Licence

You will need a licence to paddle on the inland waterways. These can be purchased as part of British Canoe Union (BCU) membership, or from one of the three organisations which runs Britain's waterways. 

Map Your Route

If you want a pre-planned route see the BCU's canoe trails, or if would prefer to plan your own route, view a map of the UK's waterways.


SUP on the Sea

The coastline of Britain provides superb SUP water, some of which is remote with spectacular scenery - off shore islands, sea cliffs, wildlife. There are no restrictions, but coastal SUP demands knowledge and skill. New paddlers are strongly advised not to embark upon any coastal cruise without adequate personal ability, training and knowledge.

Get some training

There are many centres across the UK where you can learn to stand up paddleboard. Check out the website below to find a centre near you