Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Cable Bay to Rhoscolyn round trip - 28th February 2016

For once the weather forecast looked as though we had a chance to grab a paddle in some sunshine and little wind. So four of us arranged to meet up at Cable Bay with high hopes of a pleasant paddle and perhaps a chance to clock up some fast miles.

We set off N, hugging the coast and weaving in and out of the skerries that guard the S end of the Rhosneigr bay. I must have left a fair bit of gel coat on those reefs over the years, and today was no exception as I misjudged the odd gap or didn't see submerged jagged rocks.

We picked up a bit of the cold easterly wind as we made our way across the bay, but the pleasant sunshine made up for it. We decided to have lunch at the E end of Silver Bay - a bit quieter than our planned stopping point at Rhoscolyn. Tucked out of the wind we enjoyed bacon butties and a fine cup of tea.

After a leisurely lunch we re-launched and made our way to Rhoscolyn and then out to circumnavigate the Beacon and surrounding islands. A narrow gap provided some entertainment and we were accompanied by the odd seal.

It was now time to head back, and two of us had arranged beforehand to paddle back at a reasonable pace, so we split up. As we crossed the bay we had the wonderful backdrop of the snow covered Snowdonia hills to use as transit markers to keep us on course back to Cable Bay. An hour later we were cruising into the bay and landed on the sandy beach.

As we packed up the sun was shining and lowering in the sky to the west. Seemed a shame to not enjoy it some more, so we had a quick half on the patio of the White Eagle pub in Rhoscolyn watching the sun go down casting an orange light onto the mountains.

About 18km paddled.

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