Harlyn Bay to Trevone Beach SUP

Explore the hidden coves of Harlyn Bay while you glide across stunning turquoise water. A place that has something for every paddleboarder, from surfing a 4 foot wave to a gentle cliff side cruise.


Harlyn Bay b≈ Quick Facts:

  • Beach Name: Harlyn Bay
  • What is the distance: 1 mile each way
  • How long does the SUP take: Half hour each way
  • Shelter from wind: SW – SE
  • Best Tide: Any time
  • Waves: Yes (Winter best)
  • Pay To Park: Yes
  • Parking Distance: 3 minute walk
  • Do you pay to launch: No
  • SUP Rental: Yes
  • Wildlife: Not seen
  • Eat & Drink: Mobile takeaway
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Hazards: None

big_sup_panorama_harlyn_summerStart of the cove paddle (Blue dots on the map)

≈ Location Guide: 

car park sign

Where to park & launch a SUP in Harlyn?
I launch at Harlyn Beach, which is a short drive away from Padstow and several excellent campsites. There is plenty of parking for a few hundred cars, toilets, SUP board hire.


harlyn 2

What’s the SUP session like?
I last SUP’d here in June, on a sunny day the water is an electric turquoise blue colour and so clear, you can easily see down for 10 metres! I get very distracted watching all the fish while I paddle about, it feels like you’re floating on thin air, you could kid yourself that you are in the Carribbean. There are plenty of interesting little coves to explore at either end of the beach, some only accessible by sea.

harlyn-bayLooking towards the coves from the car park

Harlyn beach gets rideable waves in the right swell direction, even in the Summer. Last July we had 3 – 4 foot waves to play in. Be warned it can get extemely busy at the right hand side of the beach in the Summer with body boarders and surfers. You are better off paddling up the beach a bit, away from the car park. You won’t be fighting for every wave up that end or risking taking someone’s head off with your SUP or them taking yours off.

harlyn bay waveHarlyn  gets great SUP waves!

You can paddle up to the neighbouring Trevone town beach from here by following along the cliffs and rocky outcrops. The water goes from a stunning turquoise colour at Harlyn to an ominous ink black colour along the cliff line. Might freak out the more delicate paddle boarders amongst you, who might start wondering what’s lurking down below! It takes about half an hour or so to SUP to Trevone beach, depending on how distracted you get along the way. Trevone also has a touristy, sandy beach, an ideal spot to drag your board out for a rest before the half hour SUP back to Harlyn. Trust me this place will bring a huge smile to your face! I can’t wait to go back!

UntitledIs this the carribbean?


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