SUP Day Trip – The Cambridge Backs

SUP Day Trip - The Cambridge Backs

£ 25

Cambridge, UK

SUP Day Trip – The Cambridge Backs
Intermediate & Advanced & Expert
Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 18
Cambridge, UK
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Custom
Start time(s): 08:00
Duration: 4 hours
£ 25

Activity Highlights:

Join us for a SUP adventure exploring historic sites and the iconic Backs of Cambridge. This experience is designed to connect you with new people and unveil the hidden treasures of the UK through the serene motion of paddleboarding. Open to intermediate to seasoned paddlers, this trip promises not just a paddle but an immersive journey through the heart of the UK’s waterways.

Key Details

  • Duration: 3 – 4 hours
  • Location: Cambridge, meeting at Lammas Land Car Park.
  • Requirements: Prior paddleboarding experience.
  • Distance: Total of 4 mile paddle through Cambridge.
  • Equipment: Available for hire (£20), or you’re welcome to bring your own.

What to Expect

A journey through the River Cam, gliding past Cambridge’s most storied and beautiful riverside colleges. Our path will take us beneath the shade of willow trees, through the heart of Cambridge, and alongside the majestic views of historical landmarks including Silver Street Bridge, The Mathematical Bridge, Clare College, and many more.

This leisurely paddle is set against the backdrop of Cambridge’s bustling river life, demanding confidence in navigating water-based obstacles. With the support of our experienced guides, you’ll enjoy a safe and scenic route, enriched with photo opportunities to capture every memorable moment without the worry of keeping your phone dry.

Skill Requirements

  • Prior paddleboarding experience.
  • Being able to launch safely.
  • Ability to confidently avoid water-based obstacles and re-mount the board unaided.
  • Comfortable transitioning from kneeling to standing on the board.
  • Confident swimming ability – We ask that you can swim a minimum of 50m unaided.

Itinerary

  • 08:00: Meet at Lammas Land car park.
  • 08:30: Briefing session.
  • 09:00: Ready to launch.
  • Pass: Scudamore’s Boatyard, Millpond, and through ‘The Backs’.
  • Mid-Point: Break/snack stop at Jesus Green. Please bring your own water, snacks, or packed lunch.
  • 12:00: Estimated finish time.
  • If you would like to make a weekend of it and also book our Ely paddle on Sunday 19th May, please book that separately.

Why Choose Us?

Our course is not just about paddleboarding; it’s an adventure that brings together the joy of SUP with the beauty and history of the UK’s waterways. With small group sizes, expert guidance from our friendly and experienced SUP Coaches, and a focus on both safety and fun, you’re set for an experience that goes beyond the paddle.

Whether you’re here to improve your skills, meet new people, or simply enjoy the great outdoors from the unique perspective of a paddleboard, we’re excited to welcome you on board.

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What's Included:

  • 4 mile guided SUP tour through The Backs of Cambridge
  • Photos! So you can put your phone away and enjoy the day
  • Safety & support with 2 SUP guides
  • Option to hire equipment

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation
  • Any meals
  • Parking fees at any car parks; including Lammas Land
  • Equipment not included, but available for hire £20

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. Please keep in mind that if you are using your own board, you must have a valid Paddle UK (British Canoeing) membership. If you don’t have one, contact us for information on where to purchase one.

Yes, kit hire is available as an add on. Please select this in the booking process below.

You should wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing for SUP: wetsuit, drysuit or activewear. We do not recommend cotton or denim. Please wear either wet shoes or old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. It’s also a good idea to bring a change of clothes for after the trip.

We will send out a detailed kit list nearer the time, but remember to have the following; bottle of water, sun cream, hat, towel, waterproofs, snacks & any medication eg inhaler.

If you are using your own kit, you will need: paddle board, paddle, buoyancy aid, waist leashes, phone case, drybag and a valid British Canoeing membership.

Your safety is our priority, therefore we may have to rearrange the trip if wind is a constant speed over 15 mph, if lightning is forecasted, or if the river becomes unsafe to paddle on. The river can flood and currents can sometimes become too strong due to consistent rain.

More than 7 days notice: We will provide you with a credit voucher valid for 12 months*, or reschedule you on to a different session. If neither are suitable then we will issue your card a full refund, minus a 10% administration fee. 7 days notice or less: You will not be entitled to a refund. However we will do our best to fill the space, if, and only if we manage to fill it then we will refund you, minus a 10% administration fee. Please contact us for more information.

Yes, please check below for our other trips, courses, locations and dates. If you would like to make a weekend of it and also book our Ely paddle on Sunday 19th May, please book that separately.

Our summer season runs from April – September (weather dependent).

We have 5 mm winter wetsuits for customers to use. They are mandatory during the winter months and they must be requested in advance. In the high season wetsuits are not so necessary however you might want to consider wearing your own summer shorty.

Never say never. Bring a change of warm dry clothes and a towel.

For this trip, it is 18+.

We are mobile therefore do not have facilities in most areas. Please come dressed ready to SUP and be prepared to meet us on the river bank.

Yes. A basic level of water confidence is required and we ask that you can swim a minimum of 50m unaided.

Unfortunately not unless pre-agreed or stated otherwise.

We do not recommend paddleboarding if you are pregnant and new to stand up paddle boarding. Please email us if you would like to discuss further.

Extras / Options

You are welcome to join our SUP river trips with your own paddle board and equipment. Please keep in mind that if you are using your own board, you must have a valid Paddle UK On the Water membership (formally known as British Canoeing).

If you would like to borrow ours, that’s no problem, just select this option when you book and we will provide you with a SUP, paddle, buoyancy aid, dry bag, QR belt.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts

Custom Cancellation Policy

More than 7 days notice: We will provide you with a credit voucher valid for 12 months*, or reschedule you on to a different session. If neither are suitable then we will issue your card a full refund, minus a 10% administration fee. 7 days notice or less: You will not be entitled to a refund. However we will do our best to fill the space, if, and only if we manage to fill it then we will refund you, minus a 10% administration fee. Please contact us for more information.

Rescheduling and cancellations by us

We always do our very best to stick to our itinerary, however sometimes we have to make alterations depending on weather conditions, which may mean changes to the planned activities, or changes to the meeting location (within a reasonable distance) in order to provide you with a safer paddling experience. No refunds will be offered for changes to the itinerary or location. If weather conditions on the day aren't as you hoped (e.g rain, cloudy sky), but the activity is still taking place you will not be eligible for a refund. 

Your safety is our priority, therefore we may have to rearrange sessions if wind is a constant speed > 15 mph if lightning is forecasted, or if the river becomes unsafe to paddle on. The river can flood and currents can sometimes become too strong due to consistent rain. We follow advice from the Environment Agency and other local waterways organisations, and will not operate during a river/flood warning. We will let you know if the weather affects your booking ASAP.

If we deem the conditions to be unsafe to paddle in, and no alternative arrangements can be made, then we reserve the right to reschedule to a different day, or provide you with a voucher valid for 12 months*. We do not issue card refunds, we can only reschedule or refund in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months*.

We do not issue card refunds. We reschedule or refund in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months*

*Please note that although vouchers are valid for 12 months, we are a seasonal operation, and to avoid disappointment we recommend that you use your voucher as soon as you can. 

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