The Skerries

There are few places which warrant use of the Definite Article; The Skerries is perhaps one, designated as both SSSI and SPA and for sea kayakers at least, being one of the most significant points on Anglesey's coast, surrounded as it is by fast tidal streams.
Leaving Bull Bay late in the day, we headed west exploring the craggy coastline in detail, entering Porth Wen just as the low winter sun started to dip behind the cliffs.
The ruined brickworks, well known amongst the sea kayaking fraternity, provided a historical backdrop to a late lunch...
...the afternoon light prompting an attempt to capture something of the sense of decay amidst the crumbling brickwork...
...and rusting remains of a forgotten industry.
Approaching Hell's Mouth a solitary fishing boat stops for the craic...
...before we push on, into the tide towards Porth Llanlleiana.
Small waves provide a few moment's entertainment...
...until the failing light moves us on into the bay, our camp for the night.
With the tents pitched, there is just enough light for a walk up on the headland...
...and a view of tomorrow's objective...
...as well as the less rosy reality that is the explosion of wind farms...
...before watching the sun set beyond Holyhead.
The long cold night is passed comfortably enough, the old china clay works looming behind the tents, beneath a clear sky.
A bitterly cold start...
...and although the morning sun provides welcome warmth, it is not set to last.
Having completed the long ferry glide, passing close to the cardinal buoys of Victoria Bank and Coal Rock, leaden skies and an icy wind hasten our approach to The Skerries.
In the bitterly cold freshening winds there was only so long we could stay put and so without waiting for the tide to turn, we launched, now with the very last of the ebb, heading directly for Carmel Head. By the time we were across the 3km channel the tide was slack, and once again in the lee of the cliffs, conditions were more comfortable. Unfortunately the grey skies persisted and in combination with frozen hands, there was little temptation to take out the camera.
Landing at Bull Bay after six and half hours on the water, these were the only other souls afloat in some 30km of paddling. The cold had taken it's toll but then, for the last weekend in January, an overnight trip on Anglesey's north coast taking in Carmel Head and The Skerries can't be bad.

Comments

PHOTOHORIZONS said…
Hi Will,
That was a very enjoyable trip to the Skerries. You got some great photos with lovely light - particularly the brickworks shots. Hopefully we can paddle together again soon, but in warmer weather!
Cheers, John