Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Tudwals - 28th January 2012

First day of the NWSK "Neeps and Tatties" weekend celebrating Burn's Night.

Royanne heads out from Machroes
Eighteen of us set of from Machroes (southern end of Abersoch beach) on a wonderfully calm and sunny morning to head out around the St Tudwal islands and on to Hell's mouth. Snowdonia was wearing a white overcoat from the previous night's snow and provided a spectacular backdrop.


We paddled around St Tudwal's East first, playing dare in the caves, with just a bit too much swell to let us get through the complete passages that go right through the island.

The fleet at rest by St Tudwal's East
We continued around St Tudwal's West and crossed back to the mainland and stopped for lunch on Porth Ceiriad.

Lunch stop on Porth Ceiriad
After lunch we headed around towards Hell's Mouth, playing in the more sizeable swell and going through some interesting gaps that provided some entertainment. With the sun going in and conditions getting more sporty we decided to turn round just short of Hell's Mouth and headed back the direct route.

On the water for just over 4 hours, 20km paddled. The evening meal was a very filling haggis with mashed potatoes and swede followed by whiskey ice cream!

Arnaud passing through a gap

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