Find the answer to our most commonly asked questions specific to Dorset paddle boarding.
What's the climate like in Dorset?
The coast of Dorset is often known to have its own micro-climate due to the rugged landscape of the Jurassic Coast. According to Weather & Climate; during the month of June, July, August and September you are most likely to experience good days with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). The coldest month is February with an average maximum temperature of 8°C (47°F).
Is there a local SUP community?
Yes, there's a very active SUP community in Dorset with Facebook groups with 5,000+ members and they're super friendly too. Search for [Dorset SUP Community] or visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/777479452629450/
How easy is it to hire SUP gear?
There are plenty of places to hire SUP gear in Dorset, especially the most popular areas like in Poole Harbour and Bournemouth Beach. Visit [Easy Riders] who are based along Poole Harbour and at Shore Road beach.
Is Dorset beginner SUP friendly?
Absolutely, Dorset is beginner SUP friendly, especially in Poole Harbour, Wimborne River and Christchurch River to name a few. Always take a lesson or two with a qualified partner or go with a partner, never try and paddle board alone for the first few times and stick to waters like rivers that don't have big tidal pulls for safety.
How best shall I travel to Dorset?
Driving a car or van is typically the best way to travel to and around Dorset, it's motorhome / caravan friendly too with plenty of campsites available. There aren't great train routes and the buses don't have practical and regular routes either.
What local accommodation is available?
There are an abundance of campsites, B&Bs, and hotels available to stay throughout Dorset. There is fewer in rural areas, however. so stick to the main towns to not be disappointed.
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