Joining instructions – Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know before your session
Thank you for booking with us. Here is everything you need to know. If you’re booking for a group please forward this information to everyone in your party. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please search our frequently asked questions page or, if you’re still confused, please get in touch.

Where do we meet?

Our meeting place is Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6XG, right next to the Cottage Inn. We’ll meet you on the quayside and you’ll see a row of paddleboards. We’re a 30 minute walk from the city centre or a short ferry journey (ask for a ticket to the Cottage). Parking is limited and we recommend travelling by foot/bike/bus or taxi.

IMPORTANT INFO for all visitors: entry via Cumberland Road eastbound is closed. Westbound entry is still open (from A4/Portway). If you have to drive from the East (Bedminster Bridge roundabout) we recommend using ss Great Britain carpark. Follow this page for more information: 

Getting here

By foot
SUP Bristol is a pleasant harbourside walk from Bristol City Centre (approx 25 mins) and Bristol Temple Meads station (Approx 35 mins).
By bike
SUP Bristol is less than 10 minute’s ride from Bristol city centre or Bristol Temple Meads station.
By road
Post code: BS1 6XG

IMPORTANT INFO for all visitors: entry via Cumberland Road eastbound is closed. Westbound entry is still open (from Bedminster Bridge roundabout).
Follow this page for more information:

By ferry
Arrive on the water with regular ferries from Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol City Centre. Ask for the ‘Cottage Inn’ landing – you’ll see the boards lined up when you arrive.

Bristol Ferry Boats

Ferries run 364 days a year every 40 minutes from Temple Meads Station, the city cente and many other stops around the Harbour.

Visit the Bristol Ferry Boat website for times and fares.


The Cottage Inn: BS1 6XG
Free limited car parking on site. It gets busy on sunny days, please arrive early. 

IMPORTANT INFO: entry to Cottage Inn carpark via Cumberland Road Westbound is closed.
Eastbound entry is still open (from Suspension Bridge and A4). Follow this page for more information:

Harbour Car Park: BS1 6XG
Evening and weekends only. (Monday-Friday after 17.00 and 7.30-21.00 during weekends). Spaces are limited and you car needs to be removed by 21.15.

IMPORTANT INFO: entry to Harbour Master carpark via Cumberland Road Westbound is closed.
Eastbound entry is still open (from Suspension Bridge and A4). Follow this page for more information:

ss Great Britain: BS1 6TY
If you’re driving Westbound (From Bedminster Roundabout) please use the ss Great Britain car park (a 5-10 min walk along the harbour). Max stay 5 hours (£5)

Other car parks
Parkopedia list several carparks within a short walk: Parking near BS1 6XG

Download parking info with maps (.pdf)

What should I bring?

Please bring clothes you don’t mind getting wet. Dress for the weather – sportswear is ideal.

We like to paddle barefoot but please bring old trainers or flipflops as we’ll be walking a little way with our boards on stony ground. We’ll leave shoes on the harbourside and can’t take responsibility for these whilst on the water.

Please try to avoid heavy cotton or jeans, just in case. Bring a change of clothes and a towel if you fancy a shower afterwards.

If it’s chilly we’ll offer wetsuits and jackets, but most people choose to wear their own clothes during summer. If you’d like a wetsuit please bring swimwear to wear underneath.

If it’s warm please bring a water bottle and suncream; we can take them on the water for you. If it’s sunny consider bringing a hat or cheap pair of sunglasses – Raybans don’t float 🙂

What is provided?

Other than this season’s best equipment and expert tuition we also provide:

  • – optional wetsuits and buoyancy aids
  • – hot showers
  • – changing facilities
  • – storage of belongings

Personal belongings

We’re happy to store your valuables while you’re on the water. We lock them securely away but belongings are left at your own risk.


Whilst you’re welcome to wear old trainers on the water, in summer we love paddling barefoot as it gives you a better feel for the board. Please bring a pair of old shoes or flip flops for walking around on the bank before and after the session though. We’ll leave these on the harbourside while we’re paddling and can’t take responsibility for them. Under 18’s should bring a pair of shoes to wear during the session.

When should I arrive?

We aim to start each session promptly please arrive five minutes before the start of the session. If you’ve booked a public session we may not be able to delay the start to wait for you.

Running late?

We start promptly so please arrange to arrive a few minutes early.

We may not be able to delay a public session if you’re running late as it’s not fair on the rest of the group. If the session has already started when you arrive we will not be able to refund your booking. At busy times we may not always be able to answer calls at the start of sessions, so please arrive on time.

Bad weather

Please assume your session is going ahead unless you hear from us. We aim to go out in all weathers! The only reason we’d cancel is in the case of very strong wind or thunder and lightning. If we need to cancel we’ll do our best to give you 24 hours notice and let you know by email or text message. If we have to cancel your session we’ll look to reschedule. If that’s not possible we’ll offer you a full refund.


Whilst our priority is your safety, we’ll do our best to take some photos of your session. We don’t advertise this before you book as it can be difficult to get good shots from a paddleboard!  We’ll do our best to upload photos to If you’d like us to take a particular shot please ask. If you’d like to bring your own camera out on the water you’re very welcome. Just make sure it’s waterproof and floats – just in case!

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Kit list

Sportwear or similar
Old trainers or flipflops
Change of clothes
Swimwear (if wearing a wetsuit)
Hat and/sunglasses
Joining instructions

Meeting point

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Meeting point

Our meeting point

Baltic Wharf, BS1 6XG

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SUP Bristol meeting point

Meet here and look for the row of paddleboards