Paddling across a Welsh lake with the white summit of Snowdon peaking through the clouds beyond the water. Do afternoons get any better?
Our SUP in Snowdonia adventure started on Anglesey, a rugged Welsh island with stunning beaches and mountain views over the Menai Straits. Our welcome was warm and we were greeted with hugs by Sian, owner of Psyched Paddleboarding, who was to be our host and guide.
Our group of four were super keen beans, and after a hearty breakfast and many cups of caffeine to shake off the long drive from the South West the day before, we hopped in cars and vans and headed for Llanberis Lake. We stripped and quickly pulled on our wetsuits – there was fresh snow on the hills around us – and had a crash course in how to stand, paddle, turn and get back on if we fall off before being trusted with a SUP.
Although we all started off a little wobbly to begin with, it wasn’t long before we were all standing and making our way through the trees to the open lake. Ahead lay a valley where snow capped mountains met the ground, with Snowdon peering over the hills – there had been so much snow there that day and night at the beginning of March that avalanches had been reported up there. Needless to say, the prospect of falling into that icy mountain water wasn’t very appealing!
After two hours of laughing and talking with Sian on the water, it was time to head back to shore to get back into warm clothes, snack on macaroons and drink freshly brewed tea.
Here, Sian told us about how she gave up her high-stress job in London to come and live the good life in the Anglesey countryside – “When I was growing up, I never knew it was possible to make a living by doing what you love,” Now, she spends her days outside leading groups on SUP adventures around the coast and in Snowdonia. What an inspiration!
How to book?
Sian and Psyched Paddleboarding are based out of beautiful Anglesey and run a whole range of options for the novice and experienced SUPer. Prices start at £35 for a taster session and can range up to £460 for the SUP 3 Lakes Challenge, as well as everything in between from night SUPs to safaris and hiking combos.
Where to stay
We stayed at Gwyllt Cottages (watch this space for the full review) which are attached to Sian’s beautiful farm house, overlooking Snowdonia. Prices begin at £110 per night.
Want to get in touch with Sian? Head on over to her contact page.