Farne Islands

A long overdue trip to the north east coast: it had been nearly three years since I last visited the Farne Islands and expectations were high...
Launching from the sands infront of Harkness Rocks about an hour after the south going stream had started. Being on Sp's, the plan was to cross to Megstone and then ferry across to North Wamses, keeping out of the strongest current in Staple Sound.
For once, all went exactly to plan and soon enough we were playing in the smaller channels around Little Harcar, approaching the lighthouse.
With very little swell but plenty of fast flowing water, we worked our way east beneath blue skies...
...to land directly beneath Longstone Lighthouse.
We were joined for lunch by a friendly life boat crew and more than a few grey seals...
...after which the sun disappeared and the temperature plummeted. A brisk crossing to Staple Island was enough to warm cold fingers; a dramatic view of the Cheviot Hills drawing us on.
After exploring some tight corners...
...and the rugged south west corner of Staple Island, one last crossing of the Inner Sound was all that remained.
The sight of the first puffin of the year and a dramatic sunset beyond Bamburgh Castle brought a superb day's paddle to a close. Hopefully one which I'll complete again before another three years have passed.

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