There is a certain synergy between campervanning and paddleboarding, both providing freedom to explore at your own pace. And now with inflatable –hence more portable- SUPs (stand up paddleboards) accessible and popular, especially since lockdown, what’s stopping you?
A paddleboard (like other water travel) can take you places that are impossible to access by foot or other means. Get closer to nature across rivers, lakes and coastlines, experience the tranquillity and stillness of the water, see the sunrise, look out for wildlife – whether it’s kingfishers, otters or dolphins – or even join a SUP yoga session! Paddleboarding can help with fitness and strengthen core muscles, whilst others simply enjoy its meditative, freeing nature. Take a true break on your holiday, lose yourself in the experience for a couple of hours at a time. According to Shore Campers’ Stefan, and I think probably Ratty would agree, “There is nothing -absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about …on paddleboards.” (Or in boats of course – but they won’t fit in your campervan.)
In Dorset we are lucky to have many top-notch SUP spots within striking distance. Our favourite local places to paddle and explore are:
- Christchurch – along the River Stour or the Avon loop
- Christchurch Harbour
- Sandbanks/Poole Harbour
- Studland/Old Harry Rocks
- Kimmeridge Bay
- Weymouth – Sandsfoot Castle or Hamm Beach
Shore Campers have inflatable paddleboards available to hire with your campervan. Packed up in a dry bag, the boards fit just about anywhere including inside the campervans – and then are simple to inflate with the included pump in a matter of minutes… just take that as your warm up before going paddling! Find out more about our paddleboard hire here.
Or you could take it one step further and meet up with a qualified local guide who could take you on a safari, do some sup yoga or work on some of your paddling skills too! We partner with a few Sup experts and schools across Dorset as part of the adventure packages we offer. Talk to us to find out more.
As always, you should only go sup exploring if you are experienced on a board, are a confident swimmer and know the weather, tides and local conditions. Feel free to get in touch with us with any queries you might have.
Go beyond the shoreline on your next campervan trip – it’s time for a paddleboard adventure!