A lovely day as the early mist burnt off to leave a beautiful day, not a breath of wind but some swell left from the previous few days of wind.
Five of us launched our sea kayaks off the beach, Robin, Sten, Harry, Jenny and myself. Robin provided a watching eye and described how the tide splits around the head, with one stream setting North and the other setting South.
Off we went at high tide and kayaked under really impressive, high sandstone cliffs with nesting birds crowding on ledges, think I may have spotted a Black Guillemot, and I think St Bees is the furthest south they breed.
Conditions were a little choppy right under the cliffs but the sun was shining and from a lunch spot we could just make out Burrow Head over in Galloway- maybe another day?
Returning to the beach in St Bees proved more eventful, some quite nice surfing for some but a bit of a learning experience for others and well it wouldn’t be a day’s kayaking if I did not have to roll at some point.
We were talking in the car about a good day out should have more kayaking than driving, it is quite a short trip but it was good to get out feel the sunshine and boat moving around in the water, a chance to meet up with old friends and meet some new ones.