Paddle boarding in the New Forest

All of us in the office love a paddle. Across the New Forest this sport has become super popular, and with some truly special places to go, do join in.


Be sure to do your research before you go, stay safe, follow the practical rules for paddle boarding. Here is a link for local tides. 


When guests ask us for help learning to paddle, or for guided trips, we send them to Jen, at Wild Times.
Read her full interview here. 


Paddling with Jen at Wild Times at Keyhaven



Here is a short guide to our favourite places to paddle – from the NFE team!

Lauren – 

Lauren is in charge of all social media marketing at New Forest Escapes. She and her husband are keen paddlers.

He loves Christchurch Quay, but Lauren loves going out from Keyhaven.  “We blow up the board on the side of the road where there is a bit of car parking (it can easily get busy here), and we go from the wooden bridge. Access here is free and you can go up to Hurst in about 40 minutes depending on the wind and tides. I can’t board when it’s wavy, so I need a river or flat water. I also love Hordle Cliffs when the sea is still.”


Rachel –

“I love going out up the Beaulieu River from Bucklers Hard. I pay £10 to park and access the slipway. Parking is about 80m from the slipway so you have to carry the board a bit. You’ll go straight into the deeper water with the boats in the harbour.

It feels quite special to be putting in at this historical place where boats have been built for over 200 years. Nelson’s favourite warship, the Agamemnon, was built here. The museum has some of his baby clothes and models of some of the famous ships built here. The Master Builders pub is great for a pint afterwards.”

Jane – 

“I love the beach just below Hordle Cliffs. When the tide goes out there’s a sandbar that is part exposed which makes for a (adult) waist deep channel that is perfect for children to play on the board. The sand is golden and dogs are welcome all year. Do check tide times – you need to be there at lowest tides.”




Another paddle board rental company is New Forest Activities – based on the Beaulieu River – read more about them here. 


paddle boarding at the end of the Beaulieu River

image by New Forest Activities

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