7 Hot Sup Spots in the UK Part 3 – South East


Thankfully we are rapidly approaching the easing of some of the lockdown measures. Is there an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the water?

This is the 3rd post in our series: Where can I SUP… and I don’t mean “on holiday” but “I’ve got 2-3 hours on Saturday morning where can I go?” Or “I’m taking the kids out Saturday afternoon where is easy and safe to SUP?”

We are going to post a hand full of our favorite SUP spots over the course of the next few weeks. Here is the 3rd: Check it out in the App.


Look up name in the App:  Barcombe Mills (River Ouse)


Where is it:

Near Lewes. Take the A26 out of Lewes about 2/3 miles. Turn left following signs to Barcombe. You’ll find a car park a short drive down on your right.

What’s There:

Lots of options here. Main attraction other than the river is to paddle up to the Anchor Inn from the carpark.  Under normal conditions this is usually a very slow-moving river, very easy to paddle. personally I would feel happy bringing my kids along this is a well-used spot for SUP and wild swimming.

When in the car park, you head up a track, just before the bridge, turn right through a gate and follow the path until you find some launching spots.

As you start heading down the river you will come across a fork, people on SUPs are advised to duck under the bridge and go that way, the other way does eventually meet up again but is apparently very shallow in places, Kayakers should be fine either way. The river has a large amount of trees and foliage running along it, there were a few location we had to duck to get past, and only on a few occasions could you see over the river banks. After about a mile of paddling you should see a sluice gate / weir.  On the left-hand side there is an area you can get out of the river and walk up to The Anchor Inn Pub, where you can get some food and drinks.

In places from Barcombe Mills to the Anchor Inn there are fallen trees which reduce the navigable width.



Water Conditions:

Calm, slow moving river. Good for beginners

Put in point:

From the car park, follow the track towards the Environment Agency building and take the gate on your right before the bridge. Follow the path for about 50 meters and you will see a pool with a launching spot.


You’ll find a car park a short drive down on your right.


None really to speak of except perhaps the Anchor Pub

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Mountain Biker, Surfer,

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