Sunday, 25 January 2009

Menai Strait - 24th January 2009

First day of a Burns weekend with the NWSK staying at the Bangor YHA.

Launched from the slipway on the Menai side, just NE of the Menai Bridge. Played for a little while in the waves/flow of the "swellies" before carrying on down the strait to have lunch at Fort Belan. Assisted by the ebbing tide all the way.

Set off back again, still paddling slightly against the ebbing tide, but this subsided and by time we got back to Menai, they was quite a flow under the two bridges.

Launched about 10am, got off the water at 4.30pm. Weather mainly sunny. Great views of the snow capped hills of Snowdonia. Saw many herons on the shore of the straits - about one every 200 metres it seemed!

Total distance: 21 miles (used my GPS on the return leg to help monitor effect of the tide). Paddled with 6 other NWSKers.

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