Monday, 14 March 2016

Cemaes Bay to Bull Bay return trip - 13th March 2016

Back on Anglesey for a 3rd sunday in a row, but with high pressure keeping the wind down and the promise of some sunshine it had to be done.

Setting off from Cemaes Bay we headed E intending to use the last couple of hours of the flood to take us along the north coast.

The bays and inlets of the north coast actually create pretty strong eddy currents, so as we picked our way along the coast we made fairly slow progress in the bays, but were whisked around the headlands as we rejoined the main flow.

This section of the coast alternates between dramatic cliffs, rocky inlets and stony beaches, peppered with the remains of Anglesey's more industrial past.

The rock-hopping is superb with many challenging passages to negotiate. With the swell being fairly small they were not too bad to get through, though the odd bigger set of waves could have meant a mistimed run resulting in some embarrassment.

There were a few gulls around who made their presence known, but the main visitors such as the razorbills and guillemots are yet to arrive.

We reached Bull Bay and had a brew and lunch on a small beach where the remains of the old lifeboat station's launch ramp can still be seen. It was a sun trap and made a nice warm change from the recent cold lunch stops of the winter.

Once the tide had turned we headed back again, picking up some turbulent conditions around the headlands, but generally making good progress.

It was nice to bump into Will, Brian and Chris who were going the other way, returning from an overnight camp.

Once packed up we had a look at the 5th century church at Llanbadrig and looked back over part of our route.

GPS tracked a route of 17 km.

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