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Paddleboard Tours

Explore some of the UK's most beautiful coastline and countryside with our River Avon and Salcombe paddleboard tours.

North Sands / Aveton Gifford Mar - Nov Up to 2 hrs From £35pp Ages 12 +
Paddleboarding is one of the most popular and fun ways to explore South Devon's beautiful coastal areas and a must-do experience for anyone visiting the area. With miles of unspoilt beaches, hidden coves and beautiful creeks and estuaries, there's plenty to discover on one of our River Avon or Salcombe paddleboard tours.

Salcombe Paddleboard Tour

Discover the best of Salcombe from sea-level with a relaxing guided paddleboard tour

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Great for beginners

A paddleboarder’s dream, our Salcombe SUP tour starts at North Sands with it’s wide, shallow beach and sheltered coves. The perfect place for paddleboard beginners to learn the basics, we’ll get your confidence up before setting off along the estuary to explore some of Salcombe’s best features at your own pace.

Our guided paddleboard tours last just over an hour and, with our expert tuition, are an essential thing to do in Salcombe this summer.

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Activity details

What to expect

On a Salcombe paddleboard tour, we’ll provide you with the best equipment including a JOBE board, SOLA wetsuit and Nookie bouyancy aid. After a safety briefing on the beach, we’ll run through the basics of standing and paddling before heading for the water. We’ll move together as a group, sticking close to the shore and supporting you all the way.

The lowdown

  • Group size 2-8
  • Min. age 12
  • 70 mins on the water
  • Meet at North Sands car park
  • Beginner to Expert level
  • All equipment provided
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Salcombe Paddleboard Tour prices

Individual and group Salcombe SUP tour prices



per person

  • Join a small group
  • Max. 8 people



per person

  • 4 members
  • Additional people £30pp



per person

  • Learn to paddleboard
  • For complete beginners

Aveton Gifford River Avon Tour

Explore this stunning stretch of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Aveton Gifford

Perfect for nature lovers

Glide down the River Avon and explore this stunning stretch of rural Devon where river becomes estuary and meanders its way to Bantham Beach. Peaceful and relaxing, there’s no better way to enjoy this glorious stretch of waterway that’s teeming with wildlife. We’ll even stop for refreshments and some photos before heading back.

Beginners welcome, though ideally some experience is recommended so you may wish to consider a private session beforehand if this is your first time paddleboarding.

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Activity details

What to expect

Our River Avon Tour starts at the car park in Aveton Gifford, next to the roundabout and at the head of the estuary. After kitting up and working through the safety briefing, we’ll cover some paddleboarding basics before heading for the water.

The lowdown

  • Group size 2-8
  • Min. age 12
  • 1hr 40mins on the water
  • Experience recommended
  • All equipment provided
  • Refreshments provided
aveton gifford estuary

River Avon Paddleboard Tour prices

Individual and group River Avon SUP tour prices



per person

  • Join a small group
  • Max. 8 people



per person

  • Four people
  • Additional members £40pp



per person

  • Learn to paddleboard
  • For complete beginners


Get the answers to our most common paddleboard tour questions

Our paddleboard tours are open to all levels and abilities. Each tour begins with a safety briefing and some basic tuition on land before we head to the water. If you have never paddleboarded before, then you might enjoy the experience more having had some private tuition beforehand.

  • Trainers or rock shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
  • Sun cream and/or a cap
  • A swimming costumer to wear under your wetsuit
  • Some drinking water
  • A towel
  • Some dry clothes to change into at the end

Our River Avon tour is tide dependent and therefore scheduled times cannot be adjusted. Our Salcombe tours, while also tidal dependent are more flexible with a backup location a couple of miles away which is perfect if the swell in North Sands gets too rough.

Yes, private family tours are available to book at both destinations. Our standard family price is based on four people, but you can add more at an additional cost to either tour. Book one of our private slots online or call for additional times and dates.

  • River Avon tours meet at the carpark in Aveton Gifford. Just off the main road at the pub roundabout, it’s the first exit if you’re arriving over the bridge from Kingsbridge or Salcombe and the 3rd exit if you’re coming down the hill from Bigbury or Modbury.
  • Salcombe tours meet at the North Sands car park next to the Winking Prawn. The car park can fill quickly in the summer, so if you’re staying in Salcombe consider walking from the town, or catching the park and ride if you’re arriving from other areas.

Yes, absolutely you can.

If you are a complete beginner and have never paddleboarded before then we recommend having a one-on-one lesson with us privately beforehand. One to one lessons are £40 and can be arranged by contacting us directly.

No, neither of our tours head out to sea.

Paddleboarding is meant to be a relaxed water activity, and we want to keep it that way. If you need a break then there are plenty of places on both tours to jump off or sit down at any point.

Yes, but we can’t take responsibility for it.

All participants must be at least 12 years old. Younger participants must be competent swimmers with previous paddle boarding experience.

We understand things can happen and people can run late. We can wait up to 15 minutes past the activity meeting time before we begin, after that your lateness may impact other customers’ experience. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes early for any of our activities.

Paddleboarding relies heavily on the weather conditions being just right. We constantly monitor weather forecasts and will always give plenty of warning if we have to cancel. If we do have to cancel then we offer a full refund or the chance to reschedule.


They came, they saw, they conquered!

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"I hired 2 x paddleboards for me and my husband. The service received from Adventure South was fantastic. We both thoroughly enjoyed paddle boarding for the first. We are looking forward to booking our next adventure with ‘Adventure South’!"


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"Used Adventure South to hire paddleboards in Salcombe originally, good communication and were flexible about pick up / drop off locations also reasonably priced. Chris was very helpful. Will definitely use these two local guys when back in the area."


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"Brilliant service, great boards, Chris and Scott dropped off and collected the boards at our hotel. If you’re looking for quality gear with brilliant service, highly recommend them. Boards are nice and compact great for exploring."


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