When you think of Hampshire, paddleboarding may not be the first thing that springs to mind but due to SUPs versatile ability to be practised on so many different bodies of water, the county of Hampshire makes for some great paddleboarding spots.
Firstly, before you paddle anywhere check the Windy app and My Tide Times app, for conditions as mentioned in our post ,The 6 SUP Apps Every Paddleboarder Should Have.
In this post, you’ll find some of our favourite paddleboarding spots in Hampshire. Whether you’re visiting on a staycation or live there, we hope our post will give you some serious SUP inspiration!
Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth
The sheltered waters of Langstone Harbour offer one of the best spots for stand up paddleboarding in Hampshire for beginners, or anyone looking for a relaxing paddleboarding session, as it nestles between Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Chichester Harbour to the east. However, if you do opt for here ensure you are hot on the tide times by checking your apps before going – otherwise be prepared for a horrible hike back through the mud, instead of the paddleboard session you were expecting!
River Hamble, Southampton
Located in south Hampshire, the River Hamble rises near Bishop’s Waltham and flows for 10.1 km through Botley, Bursledon, and Lower Swanwick before entering the bustling city of Southampton. We recommend Curbridge Creek, right at the top of the River Hamble for an awesome paddleboarding in Hampshire spot. After a mornings paddleboarding session, spend your afternoon in a riverside beer garden rewarding yourself with a pint and a pub lunch. Be sure to check your apps here as well, as the river does dry out. Leave yourself enough time to head back up the creek towards the main river before getting stuck.
The Basingstoke Canal starts in Greywell and runs for 32 miles to West Byfleet in Hampshire. The canal is a great spot for beginners to test out paddleboarding or for those looking for a relaxed afternoon out on the water, as the water is calm all along the canal.
Stokes Bay, Portsmouth
Stokes Bay is a great spot for those that want to give stand up paddleboarding in Hampshire, a go out on the sea. The Solent is renowned for its watersports and paddleboarding along the Solent is one of the top things to do in Hampshire. Stokes Bay is a shingle beach located near Portsmouth during your paddle you’ll have some amazing views of the Isle of Wight and The Solent.
Fareham Creek to Portchester Castle is a popular route when paddleboarding in Hampshire, but it’s definitely a route to opt for on a sunny and calm day. Beware of the tides and once again, check your apps, as the spot can get very muddy so don’t get caught out!
If you’re still looking for any other spots to go paddleboarding in Hampshire or some people to paddleboard with, then the Facebook group ,Hampshire Sup / Paddleboarding group has some great recommendations!