Less than one hour from my door is the stunning River Wye which is the fifth-longest river in the UK, stretching 215 kilometres from its source on Plynlimon in mid Wales to the Severn estuary. The river forms part of the border between England and Wales, and Monmouth is a spot for river activities including rowing, kayaking and now paddle board rentals. This past weekend Inspire 2 Adventure invited me and some fellow bloggers to try paddle boarding River Wye.
I have been kayaking previously with Inspire 2 Adventure who are based in Monmouth but this time we were trying paddleboarding and getting to have a go on their new huge mega sup that can accommodate up to 8 people. I have tried paddleboarding a few times previously in different waters but not paddle boarding River Wye.
Inspire 2 Adventure explain that paddleboarding is the perfect way to see the River Wye. It is a great way to watch the world go by whilst enjoying physical activity. They provide the paddle board rentals and the instructors who will be on hand throughout to guide you along the way. I immediately felt very relaxed with our instructor who made sure we all had our safety briefing first and fitted us with our life jackets.
Inspire 2 Adventure offer a 2-hour session which is a shorter version ideally suited for families or a Half-day river trip where you learn the basics then go for a paddle down river – ideal for groups and team building events.
Bloggers Go Paddle Boarding River Wye
We arrived at 10.30 and it was great to catch up with some other local bloggers and meet some new ones too. We chatted as we pumped up the new Monty Mega board and got ready to get into the river. I was on the big board first and although being told it was pretty solid I still wondered if it would be wobbly with so many of us on one board. However, as soon as I was on I realised that we would be able to stay dry! This board is great for parties and those not confident enough to go on an individual paddle board. We had six of us on the board and quickly mastered turning it around and changing direction.
We all stayed dry on the mega SUP board and doing it as a group means that it is not such a physical activity as you can have a bit of a breather whilst someone else carries on paddling!! My legs were like jelly and I did need to drop to my knees a few times. I have been told before that you need to relax your legs and not be so tense. Thankfully further into the session, my legs loosened up and I stopped shaking so much!
Half way through our session we switched over and I had a go on the individual paddle board. I had found my legs by this stage and was able to get to standing! Paddle boarding is a great activity for all levels. You need to find your balance but it is pretty accessible for everyone.
In our group of 11, only one adult fell in. The kids fell in – but they had planned a swim and were pretty happy to get wet! Those of us wanting to stay dry managed too!
Paddle boarding is so calming and I really like the peace of being on the water in such an unobtrusive way. It is quiet and gives you time to reflect. Yet things can be mixed up by playing some games and challenges which we had a go at also. I love being on the water and paddleboarding is fast becoming a favourite way to play on the water.
My half day in Monmouth reminded me just what is on my doorstep. Inspire 2 Adventure also run other activities so do check out their Inspire 2 Adventure website to see what takes your fancy but I can throughly recommend paddleboarding for all the family.