A few Sundays ago, back when we were in a heatwave which seems long gone now, my good friend Bex (her blog is here) took me out for a day paddleboarding on the River Hamble. As my second time paddleboarding, I was a little apprehensive – I am well aware that my balance is not particularly good! But, Bex is well seasoned and we jumped on our boards for a day on the water.
If you haven’t been paddleboarding before, I would highly recommend you give it a whirl! It’s relaxing, fun and also a pretty good workout – a good combination if you ask me! There are plenty of places along the South coast to hire paddleboards, with a couple of spots along the River Hamble to do so. If you’re interested, check out WeSUP for guided tours if you’re a beginner.
We set off from the public slipway next to Swanwick Marina, and paddled our way along the river and towards Manor Farm Country Park. The sun was glorious, the water was beautifully cool and I had managed to master my balance. I am very pleased to report that I didn’t fall in – and I’m pretty chuffed with that! Bex’s paddleboards are from Red Paddle Co, and they are awesome – really sturdy, easy to inflate and pack away, plus they have loads of storage!
We rafted together and stopped for a drink with a view over the park.
Our next destination was back up the river – the Jolly Sailor in Bursledon. Iconic amongst sailors and locals, and with a pontoon straight down to the water, it’s a lovely pub and the perfect place to stop for a drink with your paddleboard!
We had a well earned ice lolly and a pint of coke, before heading back to the slipway to pack up and go home. I have to say – I was absolutely knackered – but it was one of the best ways I can think of to spend a leisurely, sunny Sunday!