There are so many places to launch and use a Hobie Mirage Eclipse in Poole. On a calm day you could use it to get close to old Harry’s Rocks from the beautiful beach at Studland. You Could launch from Hamworthy or Poole Park and tour amongst the islands of the harbour. We used an ordnance survey map to show us the location of some tiny rivers which lead off the harbour and then we took the Hobie Eclipses to explore them. We also met a very friendly seal who enjoyed following us and diving underneath the board.
The River Exe, Exmouth
There are many different places to explore along the River Exe. You can start on the beach at Exmouth and head into the mouth of the river to explore. There is an amazing cafe floating in the middle of the Estuary accessible by paddleboard called the Cafe Exe and then you can head for a stop at Topsham. Or you can start upstream at Exeter and explore the river from there. Don’t forget to explore the canoe loops on the canal and River Exe starting at Exeter Quay.
St Mawes, Cornwall
The River Fal and surrounding area is also a great location for exploring on your Hobie Mirage SUP, in fact you could spend a few days here and still find plenty to explore. We launched from St Mawes and parked in the long stay car park behind the Rising Sun Pub. From there we visited St Mawes Castle at the mouth of St Mawes harbour and then headed up the winding creek towards Roseland. You could equally head out into the beautiful River Fal and explore the river, wildlife and castles there.
St Austell, Cornwall
You can park close to Port Mellon Beach on Portmellon Road. Port Mellon Beach is a U shape beach in a sheltered location, well protected from coastal swell. You could explore the tidal cove of Portmellon where you can access deserted beaches, rocky outcrops and caves. The area is rich in marine life including flounder and dab and it is also inhabited by seals who are usually intrigued by the movement of the mirage drive under the board. There also a pub conveniently located just across the road from the beach.
Salcombe Estuary, Devon
Salcombe is a beautiful place to explore on your Hobie Mirage SUP. You could launch from one of the small sheltered beaches of South Sands or North Sands where there is parking and easy access to the beach and then you can travel North East along the the Salcombe Estuary towards Kingsbridge. There are plenty of places to stop along the way including Salcombe Town Centre where there is a small slipway. There are also lots of beautiful sandy beaches and stunning scenery. If you are looking for a special place to stop for lunch or dinner, we can recommend The Winking Prawn at North Sands or The Crabshell Inn at Kingsbridge. (It is best to book ahead as these places get very busy during the Summer Season.)
Pedalpaddle Hub, Honiton, Devon
3B High Street,
Tel: 01404 46022
On road parking is available on the High Street outside the front door with a maximum waiting time of 1hr
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