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A Sea Kayaking Tour in Anglesey
By Kenny Stocker
29, Aug, 2012
A sea kayak tour under the cliffs of Gogarth
We were lucky to be paddling a mix of Venture kayak Delphins and Scorpios along with a couple of elegant P&H Capella and Cetus sea kayaks. Part of the fun is packing the deck pods, dry clothes in the back, helmet in the front with food, water and suncream in the little hatch just in front of the cockpit. Some split paddles went under the deck bungees and our instructor Giles had a bilge pump in case of any little accidents. Our tour from South Stack to North Stack gave us an entirely new perspective of the Gogarth cliffs as well as an appreciation of tides, swell, wind, tidal races and rock hoping.
The ocean is beautiful and mysterious but despite its splish splashiness it really isn't very forgiving. The big blue has a heck of an attitude so any trip worth its salt takes planning and preparation. When on holiday we quite like to know we are going to be back in time for the team BBQ rather than half way to Ireland so when we were on Anglesey last weekend we spent a day with Outdoor Alternative who know the waters around the island intimately.
Once you get this wired we hope we will have planted a seed to get you exploring our beautiful coastline with some multiday adventures. Fortunately a lot of your lightweight camping skills will cross over nicely, the same principles of packing light and compact are still valid, and the possibility of a bivvy on a secluded beach under the stars has to be appealing.
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