Five of the best places to paddleboard in Norwich

EDP reporter Emily Thomson paddleboarding on the River Wensum with Norwich Paddleboard Hire.

Reporter Emily Thomson paddleboarding on the River Wensum with Norwich Paddleboard Hire. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

Paddleboarding has gained popularity in the last few years, meaning more places than ever have them available to hire.

Here are some of the best places in Norwich to both hire and use paddleboards.

1. Norwich Paddleboard Hire

Where: Gibraltar Gardens, 288 Heigham St, Norwich NR2 4LZ

When: Daily: 11am-4.30pm, extra evening session on Saturdays from 5pm until 7.30pm 

Price: From £19.99 for a two-and-a-half hour session

Parking: Available at Gibraltar Gardens

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Heading upriver here will take you through the countryside's winding meadows, while heading downriver will take you into Norwich City centre to see the old riverside buildings. When you're done, you're back at the pub for tea.

Roland Gurner pictured on his paddleboard on the River Wensum in Norwich. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Paddleboarding through Norwich on the Wensum - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

2. The Canoe Man

Where: Foundry Bridge, Riverside Road, Norwich, NR1 1EE

When: Daily: 9am-6pm

Price: From £20 for two hours (evening hire) or from £25 during day for three hours 

Parking: Available at Riverside car park

With launch spots along the Broads, The Canoe Man is perfect if you want to mix and match. If one of you wants a canoe and the other wants a paddleboard then that can be accommodated. Going upstream takes you into Norwich and downstream takes you towards Thorpe St Andrew.

Wesup paddleboard culture

Wesup paddleboard culture - Credit: Wesup

3. Norfolk Paddle Boards

Where: The Red Lion, 79 Bishopgate, Norwich NR1 4AA/The Rivergarden, 36 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0EQ

When: Daily: 9.30am-4.30pm 

Price: From £24.95 for three hours, pre-booking necessary

Parking: Parking depends on where you want to paddle

Norfolk Paddleboards allows you to take its boards anywhere, be that the Wensum, the Yare or the seaside.

It also has routes in place from The Red Lion Bishopgate and The Rivergarden, both of which allow you to go either into the city or east towards Postwick.

4. Whitlingham Adventure

Where: Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, NR14 8TR

When: Saturdays and Sundays: 11am-4pm

Price: £12 for one hour, pre-booking necessary

Parking: Available at Whitlingham Adventure

Paddleboarding around Whitlingham Broad is a truly relaxing experience, with staff onshore to help too. The enclosed water also means you can paddle without having to fight a current.

5. Summer SUP

Where: 28 Wroxham Road, Coltishall, NR12 7EA

When: Daily: 9am-9pm, half day hire weekdays only 

Price: From £15 (evening hire) or from £17.50 during day for four hours

Parking: Available at the Rising Sun and on Wroxham Road

Though not technically in Norwich, Summer SUP offers endless countryside views. Heading right at the Rising Sun pub will take you along the River Bure through Horstead towards Little Hautbois. Heading left will take you towards Belaugh.