Previous Sea Trips

North Wales Sea Paddling – 12/13 October

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-11-11

by Pete Bridgstock

It’s always a bit of a gamble when you plan a sea kayaking weekend in the autumn and winter. Weather and sea state are likely to change the best laid plans at short notice. The answer to this is not to plan in great detail, but have several options worked up which will allow the best to be made of the conditions. That was my approach to the weekend we had in Wales in early October.

Exploring the Yorkshire coast

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-10-12

by Pete Ball

The weekend trip was to sea kayak on the Clyde, go round the Isle of Bute with various routes to allow for different weather conditions but it just looked horrible to the north and Friday evening at Westies house the four of us decided we would head south and explore the Yorkshire Coast.

Round Ireland with a Fridge Magnet - well part way round

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-08-14

by Pete Bridgstock

It all started with a Christmas card. Inside the one which we received from Claire in 2010 was the short note "Do you fancy paddling round Ireland?" It took about two minutes to decide that the answer was a resounding "Yes". Well, that was the hard bit out the way, now it was just down to planning.

29th July 2012 - A Yorkshire Coast Discovery

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-08-10

Sun and heavy showers, seals and landslides, coffee and cake but no mackerel !

by Duane Newton

The Victorian resort of Saltburn with its pier, and in the shadow of the cliff tramway, we launched in sunshine, resisting the pull of The Ship Inn even at 11.30 am. The plan was to follow the walkers on the Cleveland Way above us to Runswick Bay.

Knapdale and Loch Sween

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-01-26

by Pete Bridgstock

A gap in the high winds which have battered the country, and Scotland in particular, since Christmas, allowed four of us, Westy, Richard, Wendy and me, to squeeze in a long weekend to the Knapdale coast. Watching the weather forecasts with a degree of suspicion, we were pleasantly surprised when we were blessed with a period of high pressure, bringing settled but cold weather, with virtually no wind.

Mid-September Sea-trip

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-10-11

by Ann Jones

When we arrived on Mull, we headed for Bunnessan, on the Ross of Mull. The Ross is the long peninsula on the south of Mull, which extends westward, with the island of Iona at its tip. Bunnessan is on the north side of the Ross, at the southern end of a small loch. The rain which had followed us from Teesside stopped as we arrived and the clouds started to clear.

Greenland July 2010

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-21

by Pete Bridgstock, Pete Ball, Johnny Proud, Nick Bulmer, Richard Wormald, Claire Taylor and Wendy Bridgstock

This is an account of our sea kayaking trip to East Greenland last year.

The group was Claire Taylor, Johnny Proud, Nick Bulmer, Richard Wormald, Pete Ball, Wendy and Pete Bridgstock, all from SOC, and Stu Gibbon (a Lancashire lad, but none the worse for that!). Most of us have had a hand in putting this write up together.

Where are we going, David?

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-01-01

by Pete Bridgstock

Due to short daylight hours and uncertain weather, we don’t usually get more than the odd sea paddling day trip over winter, so when Westy suggested a weekend trip………..

The basic plan was meet up for breakfast on the Friday morning, then go into Loch Etive. It’s fairly sheltered, easy to access, and lends itself to a shorter trip.

After a cool night camping in a layby in Glencoe, we met up to find all the places to get a full fried heart attack breakfast were shut for winter – calamity, the plan was falling apart already!

Kay and Ann’s August Bank Holiday

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-30

by Ann Jones

At 11.00 am on the Saturday morning Kay and I found ourselves alone on the jetty at Arduaine. We had expected to meet three other paddlers, but they had not appeared. A few phone calls established that a communication breakdown had occurred. I had failed to pick up an e-mail before I left home saying they were not coming because of a forecast of a significant Atlantic swell in the area near where we intended to paddle. We had already picked up a local weather forecast, which indicated winds of force 3-4 for the next 2 days, dropping to force 1-2 by Monday. It was bright and sunny and the sea in front of us would be described by the shipping forecast as slight to moderate. As we were here, we were keen to go ahead with the trip. We were in a sheltered area, and unlikely to be seriously affected by an Atlantic swell..

Beautiful Plan B – Spring Bank Holiday

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-30

by Pete Bridgstock

It’s a bit of a juggling act, getting tides, weather and distance all working together for a trip. Tides and distance are the easy ones, but weather is always there to put a spanner in the works, no matter how thorough the planning, so I’s always worthwhile having an alternative or two up your sleeve…