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Cornwall - Summer 2009
Paddlers : Catherine and Paul
A tour of Rock, Padstow and the lower Camel Estuary
We were just going to pop out for a quick paddle, but once we got
to Rock we thought of following the ferry across to Padstow. Quick
tour of the harbour which was larger than expected, and then straight
back to Gentle Jane over the sand banks.
Paddlers: Catherine and Paul, and later, Rich and Paul
Photos are from two different trips, and in no particular order A well protected, easily navigated trip that could be done in
almost any weather. More interesting at the Wadebridge end than further downstream.
3. Smugglers Cove
Paddlers: Catherine, Emma, Rich and Paul
Rich had a bit of a mare getting hold of kit for this trip, and ended up with two ancient Perception Aquaterra Chinooks. Neither had backrests, and there was one more hatch than hatch covers
We managed to cobble together a couple of backrests out of Karrimat and rope and stuffed a hatch with buoyancy before adding a lid made from a piece of plywood found on the beach, and an old spray deck
Easy paddle downstream with the tide to the Doom Bar. Don't recommend stopping here as the sand is very soft as one of the team found out. Surf landing at the western end of Daymar bay for a quick break before tackling the lumpy stuff off Pentire head
Which was indeed lumpy, and combined with the atlantic swell disabled one of our number with sea-sickness. Still that's why we carry towlines, and despite the wash from the 'Jubilee Queen' all safely made it through the Mouls channel to Smugglers (for another surf landing).
Seemed a long way back, with the lumpy conditions extending all the way to Daymar Bay (some big sets just after we turned the corner). Took my turn on the towline as Rich was looking pretty tired, then easy cruising with the tide back to Gentle Jane.
4. The Pub
Paddlers: Catherine and Paul
Sometimes the tide, weather and geography combine to your advantage. A quick paddle 'round the corner' to the pub at Rock, and a chance to put some Doom Bar on the inside.
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