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Lighthouses, Cliffs & Caves, 2008′

Another year, another Lighthouses, Cliffs & Caves trip with the folks from Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre.  This year my fellow group members were Chris, Brian, Richard, Tamsin and Adrienne all looking for a couple of days good seapaddling.  Our guides for the weekend were Rosemary and Karl.

After the usual nourishing ‘Brenin’ Breakfast we were introduced to our guides who took us off for introductions, experience level and what we individually wanted out of the weekend. We then participated in the planning of a trip that day, looking at tide times, weather reports, OS maps and charts. After deciding on a trip,  we then visited the stores where we picked up stuff like paddles, BA’s, flares etc.

Our trip on the Saturday was to be from Point Lynas to Bull Bay on Anglesey.

This trip gave us a Lighthouse on Point Lynas a couple of sea caves and a replica ship in Amlwch Port!

Set off from Porth Eilian

There’s a couple of people in there…………..

 

Karl, pointing out some stalagtights………..

 

Lunch stop at Port Amlwch

Berthed at Port Amlwch, the Schooner Pickle………

Last cave……………………..!

Arrive at Bull Bay.

Sunday brought a change in the weather! which made us decide on a ‘plan B’ !   This would take us to the Menai Straits where we could stay out of the strong SW winds forcast for that day.

This still meant we had to check out the tides as there are various sections on the Straits which are affected, such as ‘The Swellies’

Route from Menai Bridge,  a trip of about 11km.

 

 

 Lunch stop, tarp up, then the sun came out !

 

 

All in all another good trip on the Menai, one which I’ve done before, but felt more confident this time round!

The weekend finished off with the usual tea and cakes back at Plas y Brenin, additional information was provided by Rosemary on reading material, resouces etc. and ‘goodbye’s’ to fellow group members !

 

Xmas Scene!

 

This was the scene first thing this morning before setting off for the Isle of Wight!

Then,  the day turned into this………

mmm!

..Printed!…

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The trip…..

IOW.. 4 *..

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A fantastic weekend with these guys, www.iow-seakayaking.co.uk on a BCU 4 Star Sea Leader Course..

 The course was very instructive, useful advice on trip planning, weather, tides, streams, …….   all those funny little symbols on the maps !   where to get the info from…   local knowledge etc…  etc…  etc..  un’  a whole load more !   Also,  we did some paddling!…  on the job training….     and some sight seeing…………..                  gonna go back!….

The trip………. Newtown Creek to Totland Bay..

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That’s how it’s done!……………………

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..  So,  to summarise.  great tuition,   great location……………   looking forward to assessment.. !

Sea State – Slight!

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And it was!  I got out in the sea kayak for the first time in 2008. A glorious day along the coast from Calshot to Lepe, a trip I’ve done a few times, as its the closest bit of sea to where I live !

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I took the opportunity to try out a new stove from Primus called the EtaPower,  I’m no expert on stoves!  but this was pretty easy to use and cooked up the stew a treat!  More info on the stove can be found here.

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Bow Creek…

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Last paddle of the year,  a visit to Tuckenhay, Devon took me to Bow Creek  A quiet backwater off the River Dart.

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We stayed at the Maltsters Arms conveniently located right next to the creek.

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Out of the door,  straight on to the water !

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Mudeford….

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Mudeford was for many years closely linked with the aviation business and until 1962 had its own airport, where De Havilland had a factory. During the World War II Airspeed built many Mosquitoes and Horsa troop gliders here and Donald Bailey gave the first demonstration of his famous Bailey Bridge that was assembled in Christchurch.

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Old Harry…

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Last weekend we headed off down south and paddled around these guys!

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Tracklog of the route taken,  about 16mile round trip..

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One of the stacks…

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Chips in Swanage !

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Firth of Forth……….

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The paddle today took in this sight!

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Which Fuel……

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Logs to burn! Logs to burn!
Logs to save the coal a turn!
Here’s a word to make you wise
When you hear the woodman’s cries.

Beechwood fire burn bright and clear;
Hornbeam blazes too,
If logs are kept a year
And seasoned through and through.

Oak logs will warm you well
If they’re old and dry,
Larch logs of pinewood smell
But the sparks will fly.

Pine is good and so is yew
For warmth through winter days
But poplar and willow, too
Take long to dry and blaze.

Birch logs will burn too fast,
Alder scarce at all.
Chestnut logs are good to last
If cut in the fall.

Holly logs will burn like wax,
You should burn them green,
Elm logs like smoldering flax,
No flame is seen.

Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room.
Cherry logs across the dogs
Smell like flowers in bloom.

But ash logs, all smooth and grey,
Burn them green or old,
Buy up all that come your way,
They’re worth their weight in gold.

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A Kelly Kettle will boil water very rapidly depending on the fuel you’re using. Made from aluminium it is essentially a double-walled chinmney with the water contained in the chimney wall.
Once the kettle is filled with water, simply start a very small fire in the base, set the kettle on the base and drop additional fuel (twigs, leaves, grass, paper, etc.) down the chimney.
The large internal surface area of the chimney heats the water very quickly. When the water boils, hold the Handle at an angle of 90° to the Kettle – then lift the Kettle clear of the base.
To pour, lift it by the handle and tilt it using the cork chain.

 

History


The tradition of using the kettle as a method of boiling water at lunchtime goes back over a hundred years and the design has changed little since it was first introduced. The shores of the lake provided ample fuel for use in the kettle, where washed up twigs, sticks and dried grass were easily available. Visiting anglers are as amazed today as they were some hundred years ago with the speed at which the water could be boiled and through word of mouth, these anglers have spread word about the kettles worldwide.

 


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