Master the art of paddle boarding as you weave your way along Yorkshire’s beautiful waterways.
Also known as ‘supping’, paddle boarding lets you take to the water in a whole new way. It comes from the shores of Hawaii and is essentially a much gentler take on surfing. You stand or kneel on a board and paddle along a flat body of water, so you don’t have to conquer any precarious waves. It’s easy to learn and accessible for all abilities, which means no one has to miss out. Whether you want to travel along a canal, lake or the Yorkshire coast, these are the best places to give it a try.
SUP Active Yorkshire
SUP Active Yorkshire offer all manner of paddle boarding activities across the onsite Ellerton Lake. Trying it for the first time? You can start with an instructor-led lesson where you’ll work your way up from kneeling to standing in a group of up to eight people. You can also go further afield with one of their SUP River Adventures. In groups as small as three, you’ll be led down the River Ure, spotting kingfishers and herons as you go, but you need to be aged eight or above to take part. To try the sport from a whole new angle, give their yoga and polo sessions a whirl.
SUP Active Yorkshire, Ellerton Park, Ellerton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire, DL10 6AP. Lessons start from £34 per person and the SUP River Adventure is £60 per person.
Bay Watersports are based at Filey Bay, so it’s a great spot to soak up the North Yorkshire coast in all its glory. They cater to all abilities of paddle boarding here. If you know your stuff, you can hire their equipment and go forth or if you’re a newbie, you can make the most of their lessons. Their BSUPA instructor will guide you through everything from paddle strokes to basic theory in a one hour session that will fully prep you for taking on the water alone. Feeling confident already? If you want to adventure around the coast, their guided tours are a must.
Bay Watersports, Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire YO14 9LA. Lessons start from £20 per person and equipment hire starts from £15 per person.
DC Outdoors have over 20 years of outdoor adventuring under their belt and stand-up paddle boarding is one of their specialities. You can drift along the canals and reservoirs of the Peak District or head into the heart of Sheffield with a city-based trip to Victoria Quays which is a great way to see South Yorkshire at its finest. Each experience is designed to improve your confidence on the water and can be taken in half-day or full-day sessions. Whatever you go for, it’s an accessible sport for everyone, including children as young as eight.
DC Outdoors, 62 Wheata Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S5 9FN. Lessons start from £40 per person.
Dexters Surf Shop
If you want to SUP your way along the shoreline, take a trip to Dexters Surf Shop. Nestled on the Yorkshire coast, they’re pros when it comes to paddle boarding in the sea. They run both beginners and advanced lessons, all with a full safety briefing and an optional buoyancy aid, which means kids as young as six can have a go. You can learn the ropes in a group or you can book a one-to-one session to really hone your skills. Either way, you’ll get an hour of tuition followed by another hour to drift around solo. Want to capture the experience? They can film aerial drone footage for you to take home.
Dexters Surf Shop, Kepwick House, North Bay Promenade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7TN. Lessons start from £38 per person.
Scarborough Surf School
Head to Scarborough Surf School to explore Cayton Bay from a whole new angle as you paddle your way across the North Sea. If you want to build up your confidence, you can book a private or group lesson with one of their experienced instructors. From knee-paddling to basic paddle strokes and board positioning, you’ll be fully prepped by the end of the two hours. If you already know what you’re doing, make the most of this coastal spot with a guided tour to explore caves and seek out seals in groups of six or more. You’ll stay within 250 metres from the shore at all times, so it’s perfectly safe.
Scarborough Surf School, Killerby Cliff, Cayton Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3NR. Lessons start from £43 per person.