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Paddle Boarding in the Lake District

08 July 2021

There are plenty of fun things to do in the Lake District - from wandering through the many forests or exploring the abundance of historic landmarks and Lake District attractions. However, it's also a place where adventure lies around every corner - and what activity could be more adventurous than paddleboarding?

As of June 2022, we're delighted to be offering on-site paddleboard hire and sessions with our paddleboaring pro Nichola and her team. If you're looking to add a little bit of adventure to your stay with us, why not take to the waters?

The Benefits Of Paddle Boarding

Fun for the whole family, paddle boarding enables you to experience the Lake District in an entirely new way - from the water itself! There are many benefits to paddleboarding - whether you're beginners who need to participate in instructed lessons or an expert who can balance better on the water than you can on land. For example:

- Paddleboarding gives you the chance to challenge yourself and try something new (though you'll need to be prepared to make a splash as you find your balance and master your skills).
- Paddleboarding is known to reduce stress, making it the perfect holiday activity for those looking to relax and unwind.
- Paddleboarding is a low-impact workout that targets the whole body, making it the perfect activity for those who want to get fit AND have fun at the same time.
- Paddleboarding is for everyone - little ones included. You could even find a way to turn into a family competition - who can stay on their board for the longest?

There are various different paddleboards you can choose from. This includes:



Short Boards

Designed specifically for children, these boards are not quite as long or heavy as other models - making it easier for your little ones to balance.

All-round boards

All-round boards are the most popular form of paddleboards - and come in a variety of sizes from 9' to 11'. They are highly durable and suitable for all weather conditions - meaning you don't have to wait for the sun to start shining to have fun.

XL Boards

XL Paddle Boards are perfect for families - as they're big enough to accommodate several riders at once. This is great if your children are not quite comfortable enough to paddle on their own but still want to participate in the fun.

Touring Paddle Boards

Touring boards are designed for the paddleboarding experts who are heading out on longer trips. They are strong and durable and can even be used to carry extra equipment such as camping supplies.

As a result, it's hardly surprising that paddleboarding is considered one of the best things to do in the lake district!

Where Can I Paddle Board In The Lake District?

After all, paddle boarding gives you the chance to truly explore what the Lake District has on offer - as there are thousands of paddle boarding spots to choose from. For example, paddle boarding is one of the most popular things to do at Lake District Windermere - England's largest (and prettiest) lake. However, you can also paddleboard right from our doorstep (or, should we say, riverside!) from our very own marina.

If you aren't sure where to start, our partners at Paddleboard The Lakes have you covered. Not only can they help you get to grips with paddle boarding - from private board hire to booking a session with our on-site experiened paddleboarder, newbies and seasoned paddleboarders are welcome!

Board hire starts from just £25 per person for up to two hours or riverside fun, £50 for a half day and just £75 for full day hire!

Best of all, after a busy (and tiring) day on the water - you can head back to the Swan Hotel to relax and unwind. Whether that means you head straight to sleep in one of our luxury hotel rooms, enjoy a bite to eat, or even head to our Lake District Spa for an extra- special treat!

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