Overbank the holiday weekend, I have headed towards Dorset for the first SUP trip of the summer.
Ringstead Bay, which is part of Jurassic Coast, ended up being a great destination for SUP trip. Location this was recommended by Dewflock Farm where Steve, my SUP buddy, stayed over the weekend.
The bay is hidden behind hills and accessible via road with a beautiful view. Ringstead Beach is a pebbles beach which in low tide can expose a bit of sand. Please note dogs are allowed on the beach throughout the entire year.
A fairly big car park with decent charges (only £6 per car for the whole day) is located only a few minutes walk from the beach. Alternatively free car park in the National Trust area further inland, with footpath access to the sea via 15-20 min walk.
Beach Caffe located by the car park offers hot and cold food, drinks. Next to it you will find a little shop with essentials, souvenirs, toys and equipment for the beach in case you forget anything.
Swimming is generally safe for swimming but there is no lifeguard. On low tide, the reef and stones by the coastline served as a nice barrier making the bay a very calm and protected area.
If you decide to 20 min walk east (or paddle) towards the white chalk cliffs of White Nothe you will end up in the naturist beach where freedom is really a thing - leave it up to you to decide if you fancy joining them!
TIP of the trip - Use your board as a windbreaker if you fancy chilling on the beach.