Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Yorkshire

Learn How to Paddle Board in the Heart of Yorkshire


Yorkshire is home to all types of thrilling activities for you to enjoy. Our stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) courses take you off the beaten path to a truly remarkable hidden gem at our Secret Lake. Nestled among the beauty of Nidderdale, our lake is serene, peaceful and vast. It’s the perfect location for SUPing whether this is your first time or you’re looking to expand your skills.

For dates and prices, please see our main paddle boarding page.

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Created by the medieval monks of Fountains Abbey, our Secret Lake is the best kept secret in North Yorkshire. Even locals don’t know of its existence! Hidden among magical woodland, the lake is a truly special place. Just being there fills you with tranquility as there’s not a sound to be heard.

Large and jagged prehistoric rock formations nestle within the ancient woodland on the water’s edge, perfect for rock climbing and abseiling alike. The views on the water are mesmerising, accessible only via paddle boarding or canoeing. Shooting arrows, bush crafting and sitting around an open fire toasting marshmallows brings ancient folklore to life.

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Activities at the Lake are ideal for families, friends and larger groups such as schools and cadets. The lake offers all you need to hone your paddle board skills.

The activity lasts around 3 hours. In that time, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn new skills, test existing skills and get closer to nature in one of the best stand-up paddle boarding locations in Yorkshire.

Make a Day of It

Journeying: This is what most people who buy a SUP do it for. A full day trip down a gentle river or canal, have a picnic on the banks somewhere and cover a few miles out in the wilderness.

We can take you on a canal journey from Ripon through beautiful countryside and can even get as far as Boroughbridge. This is the same price as the 6-hour stand up paddle boarding but you also have to pay for a waterways license which is £5 per person, per day, and put our instructor back where you found them! You need two cars in your group so you can shuttle the instructor and yourselves back, if you want to do a one-way trip. You can paddle back the same way and not use vehicles if you like, as the canal can be paddled both ways.

Why not try canoeing on the same lake? Read about our canoeing activities or you could try your hand at climbing at the nearby Brimham Rocks. Click here to find out about our climbing activities.

More information and prices

Please visit our main paddle boarding page for prices.

Location of the Secret Lake

It’s close to Pateley Bridge, York, Harrogate, Ripon, Skipton, Settle, Thirsk and the A1. Leeds and Bradford are approximately 1 hour 15 minutes away.

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Make a Weekend of It

Yurtshire glamping

Make the most of the beautiful Yorkshire landscape and extend your stay in a unique yurt. Yurtshire Glamping site is situated just 4 miles from the Lake.
The 6 yurts contain everything you need for your stay including a fire pit / BBQ for roasting marshmallows under the night sky plus a private Hot tub. It’s the perfect way to relax after an exhilarating day of activity.

Stay in stunning yurts with Yurtshire

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