Penrhyn Mawr and South Stack - Rough water day

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2015-11-22

Saturday of the 2014 Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium saw a large group of paddlers heading out into Penrhyn Mawr. The "intermediate" group, of which I was a part, got into the races a little after peak flow (which the "advanced" group went for), but a day or so after spring tide, this was still a fairly pushy bit of water.

As the tide began to slacken, we took a brief stop for lunch before catching the last of the flood to run down the outer race and into Abraham's Bosom, where we played behind the stacks on our way to South Stack. We were out of the tide, but met it again under the bridge where the ebb had already set. This gave us some current to paddle against to get up through the gap, then into the ebb race on the outside before heading back to Porth Dafarch.

River Inn, Tösens section

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2015-10-31

A belated video from Austria 2013, mostly from one run on the 12th August after we'd run the Lower Ötz in the morning, but with odd bits of footage from other runs earlier in the trip.

River Doon - compensation flow

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2015-10-29

The Doon always runs at least 2.4 cumec compensation flow, which is just enough to paddle the river if nothing else is up. The guidebook gives it grade 3, but it proved to be fairly tight and technical for the grade at this level. The gorge is obviously a place with some tree risk, but someone does seem to do a good job of cutting these, and everything we found was sneakable or avoidable. The river flattens out after the gorge, but even at low flow, still keeps moving along, which is just as well, as it is quite a way to the loch, which must be crossed to find a road and take-out point. We were getting a little short of daylight towards the end, having wasted rather too much time in the morning looking for rivers...

River Ogwen Bethesda and Fisherman's Gorges

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2015-10-22

The Ogwen paddled in under an hour in February 2015. The river was too low until after lunch (water was higher up, such as in the Nant-y-Gwyryd which we'd paddled in the morning), but then we had limited daylight and couldn't hang about. Luckily, Nicky knows the river extremely well (it's on his doorstep) so we didn't need to inspect, and apart from one cheeky roll near the end after it had all eased off (I relaxed a bit too soon), it went very well indeed !
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Rubha Hunish - Staffin to Duntulm around Skye's northern tip

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2015-10-14

Seakayaking round the northern tip of Skye from Staffin to Duntulm. This is a fantastic sea trip, and a few days after springs makes it possible with tidal assistance at a convenient time of day. The recommended starting time is about HW at Ullapool, but we started about 45 minutes earlier than this to give us more time to explore the caves on the first section of the paddle up past Floddigarry. We then had an unhurried lunch before heading round Rubha Hunish, with more caves to explore. The tide was probably only a couple of knots past the headland, and then we had a bit of headwind to finish, but by then we were out of the tide and the sea never really got rough. A great day out. Did you spot the White-Tailed Sea Eagle ?

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