Hi and welcome to our ‘Ride Your Tide’ info page, where you can find out about our SUP activity with views and feedback on our favourite SUP spots and of course those all important river and tidal updates. There’s also a smattering of history & wildlife just for good measure!
First check out Phil’s maiden voyage on the new “Fatsticks” pure wood down at Porthpean beach, ideal weather and not to, (to) choppy!
The River Fowey
Nestled at the bottom of a spectacular, steep-sided valley, the Fowey Estuary is an ancient river course, flooded after the last Ice Age. Covering almost 1,000 acres, this unique place features some extremely rare habitats – with species to match.
Habitat & Wildlife
The Fowey Estuary is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and includes a wide variety of habitats. In the lower estuary harbour there are rocky headlands, caves and sandy beaches, perfect for exploring on a “SUP Social”.
Readymoney Cove is a designated Bathing Beach and a Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Recommended Beach . Eelgrass beds are found in the lower estuary, this is the only true marine flowering plant. This diverse habitat is an important feeding and nursery area for fish.
Further up the estuary at Golant there are large sand bars and mud banks which are exposed at low tide, these areas provide feeding areas for wading birds, whilst at the top of the estuary at Lostwithiel there is an area of saltmarsh, a rare habitat in the Southwest.
SUP Social Alert!
Golant to Lostwithiel is a stunning water way for a SUP Social with meandering waters that stretch about 4 miles (not too taxing for a social SUP). The river from Lostwithiel past St Winnow, to the river join dries out quite quickly, so always head out an hour or two around the high tide. For more experienced paddlers why not ride the tide up from Golant an hour before the high and ride it back on the turn? This gives you a good 8 mile paddle - just don’t forget the biscuits!!
Hint - If there is a NW wind blowing, the paddle can get extremely difficult around St Winnow (about half way) so a change of plan and course might be best!
For Golant tide times (if not listed) follow the link below : https://www.foweyharbour.co.uk/weather-tides.html
Located on the River Fowey between Lostwithiel and Fowey this pretty little village has a vibrant and welcoming community. The village has a fantastic pub called the Fisherman’s Arms where you can get delicious food and a tipple whilst enjoying the view over the River Fowey. Golant also has its own eco-climate often avoiding the wind experienced in more exposed areas of the river.
Please be advised when visiting by car, always check the height and time of the high tide if you plan to park along the river in front of the Fishermans Arms – anything over five metres tends to flood the road.
The benefits of a very high tide (or ‘spring tide’) is that there are also very low tides leaving beautiful shorelines to paddle to, stretch your legs, relax and enjoy the beauty of the area. As Tay would say “perfect for a rest and a packet of Custard Creams!”
Penpol is a tidal creek which is a tributary of the River Fowey. It lies between the parishes of St Veep and Lanteglos-by-Fowey.
About 3 miles from Golant slipway and back, Penpol is a fantastic place to explore. With old boat wrecks and tons of beautiful wildlife, a paddle up Penpol is a great way to unwind, race or simply take in the surroundings.
Warning Penpol dries out quite quickly due to the tides. Please be aware of exposed mud banks - never try to cross them on foot!
Sawmills Creek ( by permission only)
A stunning outlet of the River Fowey. Paddle under the bridge and enter the picturesque Creek that is home to The Sawmills Studios, created in 1974 near Golant on the banks of the River Fowey, is a recording studio used most notably by musicians such as The Stone Roses ("Fools Gold") and The Verve (A Storm in Heaven), Muse (Showbiz), Oasis, Catatonia, Tim Armitage and Supergrass.
Founded by the record producer Tony Cox in 1974, the studio building is located on its own tidal creek on the banks of the Fowey. Sawmills was one of the first residential recording facilities in the UK. The main building is a former 17th-century water mill and the site has a documented history stretching back to the 11th century.
The location is unusual as it can only be accessed by boat or the Saints' Way footpath that runs past the studio but with special permission from the owners we are able to organise a trip to this off the beat location.
The River Fowey is tidal so please check the tide times before you venture out.
Head out at least two hours either side of the high tide (slack water), this is when the water is at its least ‘stressed’ and best for paddling.
Lostwithiel, Lerryn, Golant and Penpol dry out at the low, exposing mud banks and sand bars.
Never try to cross the mud banks by foot! If you find yourself stuck phone the coast guard or Fowey Harbour Commission or (if it is safe to do so, thinking about cold etc) simply wait on your board until the tide comes back.
Do not park on the road outside The Fishermans Arms, Golant during a high tide - over 5 metres high.
WIND! As well as the tide always check the wind speed and directions. A N or NW can make for a difficult paddle heading up river and a S heading down. If the wind and the tide are against each other (i.e a N wind and an incoming tide) the main body of the river will get very choppy. If there is a S wind, an incoming tide and a low pressure the depth of the water will increase. Always check!
Please respect the river and its inhabitants. It is home too many species (which you may be lucky enough to see) that live in a delicate balance with each other. We respectfully ask that you always take litter with you and leave the river as you found it.