Sunday, 14 August 2016

There's a map for that

It's now officially one week and some days until we set off on the big paddle from Anglesey to Cardiff! So this seemed like a good time to share the map of the trip with markers (tastefully pixelated) and notes for each stage.

We are looking for backup support on stages 9 to 11 particularly so if any experienced kayakers, sailors or amphibious car owners want to join us on those or any other legs, we would be glad to hear from you.

Here are some details for each day of the trip with possible exit (and entry points) along they way - which are accessible by car for anyone wanting to join us for part of a stage.

Anyone who wants to get involved can get in touch on Facebook or email

Route plan:

Stage 1 – August 27th
Newborough to Nefyn
Estimated launch time: 10:15 am
Tide: High water at 5:51pm. Against one knot tide
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Dinas/Morfa (5.3m)
·         Exit 2: Clynnog Fawr (9.2m)
·         Exit 3: Trefor (11.6m)
Notes: Weak tide against us. Land in Morfa Nefyn, second bay

Stage 2 – August 28th
Nefyn to Abersoch
Estimated launch time: 6:00am
Tide: Ebb tide between 6:30am-12:30am.
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Porth Towyn (3.1m)
·         Exit 2: Porth Oer (10m) Make weather judgement, not a lot of stop offs after
·         Exit 3: Aberdaron (17.5m)
·         Exit 4: Hell’s Mouth (25.2m)

Stage 3 – August 29th
Abersoch to Barmouth
Estimated launch time: 8:00am
Tide: High water at 6:40am. Flood through Barmouth at 12:51pm for six hours. Finish leg by 6:41pm.
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Pwllheli (5.5m)
·         Exit 2: Cricceth (14m)
·         Exit 3: Harlech (18.6m) big beach

Stage 4 – August 30th
Barmouth to Aberystwyth
Estimated launch time: 11:00am
Tide: Two knot ebb tide near springs starts at 11:37am
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Tywyn (11.3m)
·         Exit 2: Ynyslas (16.8m) Make weather call at Borth

Stage 5 – August 31st
Aberystwyth to New Quay
Estimated launch time: 9:15am
Tide: High water at 6:42pm. Ebb tide at 10:24am
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Llanystryd (7m)
·         Exit 2: Llanon (9.3m)
·         Exit 3: Aberaeron (13.7m)
·         Exit 4: Cei Bach Beach (16.4m)
Notes: Meet at beach off Pen Yr Angor Road. Milford Haven tide times start at Aberystwyth. Not many alternative stops


Stage 6 – September 2nd
New Quay to Fishguard
Estimated launch time: 10:45am
Tide: Ebb starts at 11:30 approx.
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Aberporth (10.3m)
·         Exit 2: Poppit Sands (11m) Club to join?
·         Exit 3: Newport Sands (26.4m)

Stage 7 – September 3rd
Fishguard to St Davids
Estimated launch time: 11:30am
Tide: Ebb starts at 12:15pm.
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Abercastle/Tregwynt (11.6m)
·         Exit 2: Porth Gain (24.4m) switch for club
·         Exit 3: Abereiddy (17.4m)

Stage 8 – September 4th
St Davids/Whitesands to Dale
Estimated launch time: 11:00am
Tide: Ebb starts at 12:15pm
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Caerfai Bay (7.8m) possible start
·         Exit 2: Newgale (13.2m)
·         Exit 3: Broad Haven (18.5m)

Stage 9 – September 5th
Dale to Tenby
Estimated launch time: 9:00am
Tide: Ebb starts at 9:18am
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Gravel Bay (6.4m)
·         Exit 2: Bosherston (17.4m)
·         Exit 3: Freshwater East (21m)
·         Exit 4: Lydstep Beach (27m)


Stage 10 – September 7th
Tenby to Rhossili
Estimated launch time: 1pm
Tide: High tide at 10:05am. Tide with us at 3:00pm
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Saundersfoot/Amroth (5-6m)
·         Exit 2: Pendine (11m)
·         Exit 3: Pembrey (20m)
·         Exit 4: Hillend (26m) best landing spot, possible camp?

Stage 11 – September 8th
Rhossili to Porthcawl
Estimated launch time: 8:30am
Tide: TBC
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Newslade Bay (6.5m)
·         Exit 2: Port Eynon (11.4m)
·         Exit 3: Oxwich (14.5m)
·         Exit  4: Mumbles/Langland Bay (24m)

Stage 12 – September 9th
Porthcawl to Barry
Estimated launch time: 8:00am (possible launch at 5:00am)
Tide: TBC
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: Southerndown (4m)
·         Exit 2: Atlantic College (10m) Halfway stop

Stage 13 – September 10th
Barry to Cardiff
Estimated launch time: 9:15am
Tide: TBC
Stop options:
·         Exit 1: St Mary’s Well (5m)
·         Exit 2: Penarth (7.5m)

Come and join us on the water, on the road or at the celebration party on September 10th at the Lookout Cafe, Cardiff Bay!

More updates coming soon. Stay tuned!

Ben and Tom 

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