Point Lynas

Arriving on Holy Island, Anglesey, late in the day, Chris and I walked the cliffs overlooking Rhoscolyn Beacon.

It is a familiar view for us although I was surprised by the relatively calm sea given the fresh winds that day.
It was of no consequence either way as the plan was to paddle around Point Lynas which forms the north-east corner of Anglesey and like many of the headlands hereabouts, has something of a reputation. Yet this north-eastern corner of the island can also give the calmest of conditions on offer, the coastline being well sheltered from prevailing south westerlies: in fact the only time we felt the forecast F4/5 was off the point itself.

Launching from the steep gravel beach at Moelfre...
...thick mist and drizzle slowly cleared, rising above gently rolling hills...
...that end abruptly with the low limestone cliffs.
This band of limestone continues along the coast of Anglesey, stretching past the Ormes headlands and on into Clywd.
The cliffs here are not so dramatic as those of the Great or Little Orme, but provide interesting paddling before the crossing to Ynys Dulas.
The locals watched our passage with interest before following closely as the ebb pushed us quickly on. There is little reference to the race which forms off Ynys Dulas, but a big tide with a little wind will produce interesting water here; we had neither and simply enjoyed a helpful push towards Point Lynas...
...passing by small waterfalls...
...and then beneath the distinctive lighthouse.
Off the point, the race was gentle...
...but provided a little sport before we turned south and on into the shelter of Porth Eilian.
Hugging the coast, the tide was slack as we began the return trip...
...while the sky began to clear for the first time that day.
Too late however to enjoy any sunshine, the thinning clouds did at least allow for a dramatic sunset as we passed inside Ynys Dulas and on across the wide bay to reach Ynys Moelfre just as the flood began to pick up steam.
Tim, looking invigorated after a few rolls to finish his demo of the Tiny Taran...
...beneath a beautiful sunset: a fitting end to our first paddle of 2012.

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