Stand Up Paddleboarding
For many years West Pennine Windsurfing Club has allowed its members to canoe and more recently to paddleboard, especially on days when there isn't enough wind to windsurf. We recognise the club is under-used at such times, so have recently decided to welcome people to visit for the day, or join for the year, to do other activities such as stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing. Be aware please, it may not always be possible to visit in light winds, as most of our members are windsurfers and won't often be there at such times to let you in. However, if/when you join you will get a key and can then come up anytime you wish in daylight hours. And of course, if/when we get more SUP and canoe members, that will help access for future visitors to pursue these activities too.
Here are a few photos that we'll add to as the year goes on - click.
Please don't paddle too near the stone valve tower in the SW coner of the reservoir (bottom left in the screenshot below). Also, our lease doesn't allow us to go up the channel in the NW corner at all. This is a Nature Reserve and we get complaints if people venture up there, as it could separate young waterfowl from their parents. You can see both areas on the screenshot below and Andy Whale has marked the 1.3 mile perimeter route he paddles with his partner.
You may find the weather links on our website useful when planning a visit. xcweather will show you the predicted wind speed every few hours for the next few days and you may prefer it when the wind is less than about 12mph. We have a webcam and an anemometer mounted on the clubhouse to show you the actual conditions. There's a Met Office link on our homepage too.
Some useful links:
SUPNorthWest is an active group on Facebook. It's a good place to look to arrange visits to new places, meet others and buy and sell kit.
Video - Learn to SUP in 5 minutes