Paddleboarding In Kent – Beach and Rivers
Find out about paddleboarding in Kent, where to go if you have your own board and where you can grab a lesson, the possibilities are endless!
Paddleboarding in Kent is fast becoming a very attractive hobby to those of us who live near the coast, rivers or just about anywhere in the county. Thanks to the rise in inflatable paddleboards and some for a very reasonable price, packing your board away in your car and driving off somewhere is as simple as baking a cake… almost!
Paddleboarding is great for working on your core strength unconsciously whilst you paddle along happily. Watch out for the tides if you are paddling at the coast, know your environment and which way the current is flowing, oh and watch out for waves! On rivers you have the advantage of the waters not being tidal, but you may have other obstacles such as bridges, other boats and users. Also on some rivers or canals you may need a license to actually paddle on the water.
Self Launch Locations In Kent
Perfect for if you have invested in a paddleboard yourself and want to get out and explore Kent’s waterways.
Hythe Military Canal
A perfect tranquil piece of waterway in Kent, the canal runs for 28 miles from Seabrook, near Folkestone to near Rye.
The Royal Military Canal, between Seabrook Outfall and West Hythe Dam is controlled by Folkestone and Hythe District Council. You require both a permit and public liability insurance to use this section.
Read more on boat and canoe licences over on the Hythe and Folkestone Council page.
After West Hythe Dam no license is required to paddleboard along the canal. Find some self launch spots from the Go Paddling website detailed a bit further down – like Appledore!
The River Medway stretches from High Weald in Sussex, through Tonbridge and Maidstone, the river ends where it meets the Thames estuary near Sheerness.
It is a great spot for watersports and you’ll find various sports happening on the river. The river is a lovely flat, green wilderness – sounds like paradise right?
A license is required – included in British Canoeing Membership.
The River Stour is a really picturesque paddle for those wanting to embrace nature and paddle through the heart of the Kent countryside.
The river becomes wider and deeper from Ashford. Grove Ferry and Fordwich are ideal self launching spots where parking is also available.
Or why not paddle through the heart of the historic city of Canterbury, with pretty converted mill buildings and ancient bridges.
No license is required.
The river rother runs from East Sussex to Rye Bay. An ideal spot to paddleboard is along the stretch of river in East Sussex up towards Bodiam Castle.
Here, the canal is only really navigable by small craft. So paddlers, paddle here to enjoy being at one with nature!
No license is required.
If you have your own paddleboard you can launch from the Bodiam Boating jetty for £5 per board. Available outside of weekends & school holidays.
Bewl Water is a fantastic venue to come and visit if you have your own paddleboard. Located in the beautiful setting of the High Weald AONB in Kent near Tunbridge Wells. The lake is open for use seven days a week for annual members. Membership can be purchased via the Bewl Water Watersports webpage.
River Licences Explained
It’s useful to clue yourself up on all things license wise when starting our your paddleboarding in Kent adventure. So read more about river licenses on the Go Paddling River License Explained webpage.
Very Useful Website To Use To Find Launch Spots In Kent
The Go Paddling website has some very useful information about where you can paddle and launch your own boards from.
‘Stay Safe This Summer’ with some great tips and videos on a range of subjects from stand up paddleboarding to sea kayaking and the weather. So check out the Go Paddling website today to get clued up for your summer of fun on the water!
More Vital Resources
The British Canoeing Awarding Body has a whole website full of useful resources, either podcasts, articles and elearning courses for paddle sports including paddleboarding. Visit the British Canoeing Awarding Body website and find something for you.
Photos are from Paddle Cabin
Paddleboarding Lessons in Kent
Ideal for those want to try paddleboarding before investing in your own board, or simply if you just want to have a go every now and again. Meet like minded people on lessons, join a club and take part in SUP activities such as river clean ups! Start your paddleboarding in Kent experience this year and you might just be surprised at how much fun it is…
Here are at the Paddle Cabin, wellbeing is core to our purpose, to bring joy and the feel-good factor in everything we do. We bring this to life through our monthly SUP yoga and monthly SUP meditation sessions, campfire social paddles and SUP Pups sessions so come and join us!
Check out their list of events for this summer – there is a lot to choose from!
You can bring your own board or hire one from Canoe Wild, which has locations at Grove Ferry Picnic Site and Fordwich. Explore the river with a wildlife filled paddle. Check out their new day tours combining canoeing with cycling – Pedal and Paddle your way through Kent.
Kent’s leading surf school is an award winning surf school as voted by our customers. As a family owned and run business, Kent Surf School has a driving passion to share our enthusiasm for the ocean with the next generation.
A small company built on friendship and a passion for paddleboarding ad travelling! Join Helen for a paddleboarding lessons at Teston Country Park near Maidstone.
The well known Joss Bay Surf school have been safely delivering surf and SUP experiences for the past 23 years. Based in Broadstairs.
Visit Mote Park for a taster lesson, ideal for beginners due to the water depth being very shallow (standing depth), no moving boat traffic, no tidal movement.
Located just outside Rye, which yes is East Sussex but for those of you who live nearby know that Rye is a quaint town to visit on any kind of day. Bodiam Castle is also a delight of a castle to visit owned by the National Trust.
Also offering SUP lessons for all abilities, as well as ladies only sessions. The centre is located in between the sea and the canal ideal for sea and canal explorations.
The river is ideal for complete beginners, fitness fanatics and nature enthusiasts, you may even spot a Kingfisher or the occasional Otter! All lessons are started with a full safety brief and demo before taking to the river.
Offering both taster and adventure sessions for beginners, held in stunning river locations at Bodiam (River Rother), Wittersham (River Rother) and Tonbridge (River Medway). Also offering more advanced sessions on the sea at our Hastings beach site (which can be a little more challenging due to the breeze).
Want to know more?
Need some more convincing? Have a read of a recent blog article written by Paddle Cabin all about why paddleboarding is good for the soul. Read the blog here on the Explore Kent Blog