Myself and Eurion take advantage of the hottest day of the year, high pressure and low winds. Both busy Saturday and work Monday we make best use of Sunday and plan for a paddle across the Bristol Channel. A few differences to our last crossing. We will be paddling 20km further down the channel to Heddon's Mouth, a small bay about 13km east of Ilfracombe. Today is Spring tides and there will be no overnight camp, we will be making the outbound and return trip in the same day.
Eurion leaving the Welsh coast behind, Nash Point lighthouse in the distance.
We call in with the coastguard who annoyingly kept stalling us, calling us back to ask more questions.Photo by Eurion
Now Eurion has picked up a reputation for attracting headwinds. A reputation so familiar that I wear my full dry suite on this hot day while Eurion dons a t-shirt. After-all what could possibly go wrong today, very light winds bordering on non existent were forecast on this beautiful hot summers day
Ferry passing infront of the Lynmouth Foreland Lighthouse. A perfect example as to why the light is not position at the highest point of the cliff.
Just as we think we are in the clear we notice a large ferry, possibly the Lundy ferry, coming at our port side. On our Starboard side is another squall. Our worry was if the two meet we could end up stuck in the mist not knowing where the boat is coming from. Luckily the ferry passes to our forward and the squall comes to nothing more than a bit of light rain.
Eurion has made this paddle previously and try's to recall the location of Heddon's Mouth.Photo by Eurion
I'm in awe of the steep Devon coastline made all the more dramatic with the low lying mist. I didn't realise it was like this and will definitely have to return to explore. I don't know if it was the mist but it had a familiar resemblance to the Scottish coastline.
Photo by Eurion
Wow what an entrance, navigating through the boulders that hide the entrance to the bay.
We laze about as our kit dry's off. There is a pub about a mile or so up a meandering path but feel lazy and decide to laze about and rest our seizing muscles for the return trip.
I left my sandwiches in the fridge so was left to feast on fruit, nuts and chocolate...mmmmm filling.
Leaving Heddon's Mouth.