One of the main reasons that paddleboarding has taken off in popularity is that it can be enjoyed both year-round and in many landscapes. Unlike surfing, which depends on ideal weather conditions and waters, paddleboarders can head out to lakes, rivers, and seafronts, having greater flexibility with their activity.
This is especially rewarding in Wales, which has a number of stunning and secluded lakes to explore, some of which are much less known than many beaches, allowing paddleboarders to adventure in beautiful locations and without the concern of being among the crowds.
If you’re interested in exploring some of these wonderful and hidden locations, we’re sharing Wales’ best lakes for paddleboarding. Just remember to bring your camera along too!
This lake offers a great expanse and natural beauty similar to the more well-known Bala Lake, but without the same levels of tourism, meaning that even during the height of summer, paddleboarders will be able to find respite and relaxation when out on the water.
Located in the Usk Valley, another great benefit of this lake is that it is only a short distance from Cardiff, meaning that it is accessible to many, even during a day trip. Don’t be put off by its proximity, however, because once you’re on the water, you will feel totally immersed in nature.
If you are looking for a location that is totally isolated, calm, and suitable for the tranquillity of SUP yoga, then Lake Vyrnwy might be the perfect place. Found near Snowdonia, this reservoir is not only nestled within the majesty of the Welsh woodlands but also has views of remarkable architecture, such as the dam and Gothic tower.
The water is also located near a sculpture park and has a few luxurious hotels and spas nearby too, which can make for a decadent weekend away.
The Blue Lagoon
While the Blue Lagoon was once launched into fame during the 2012 Red Bull Diving Diving World Series, it has since returned to its former state of peacefulness, with the water being enjoyed by paddleboarders and swimmers in the know.
The former quarry is filled with stunning and vibrant waters, enclosing visitors within its impressive coastal walls. Those heading to Abertillery should bring a map, however, since parking is not only limited but the lagoon can easily be missed by newcomers.
Some will consider Clywedog Reservoir to be one of the most stunning bodies of water in Wales. Tucked between verdant hills, paddleboarders not only have access to serene waters with an expanse to explore, but they can also enjoy the view offered to them by the site’s dam.
The elevation of the water can make it rather cold during the Welsh winters, so be sure to dress accordingly. However, those who do, are likely to experience the vast and deep waterways without any other distractions. Aside, perhaps, from the occasional fisher, since the location is celebrated for its trout.