Sun, cirrus and a little surf at St Bees

On a largely flat shoreline, notable for its estuaries and rather than its cliffs, St Bees Head is the dominant feature of the Cumbrian coast. In fact it is the only area where there are any cliffs of significance between North Wales and the north coast of the Solway and it is necessary to go a long way north to find any of similar height. Home to the ubiquitous guillemots as well as smaller numbers of razorbills and kittiwakes, there are still a few puffins - we saw two on the water shortly before landing at Fleswick Bay.
Launching through small surf, beneath blue skies and cirrus, from St Bees beach close to low water...
...and turning the corner - the low point in the cliffs marking the only conventional landing hereabouts at Fleswick Bay. I had packed rock shoes in the hope that we would be able to land on the slabs beneath the lighthouse for a little bouldering in the sun but choppy seas and a freshening south-westerly put pay to the idea...
...and we landed at Fleswick - generally easiest mid-way between high and low water which avoids the dumping waves created by steep shingle at high water, and the rocks when low.
Nosing into one of the caves to the north of the bay and reading the carved names which date back hundreds of years in some cases.
At rest on a fine slab, looking south, before continuing our downwind run with some long fast rides on waves to around 3ft. 
Beyond the North Head, the sea flattened and we drifted a while in the sheltered bay before turning to punch back into a freshening south-westerly, tomorrow's weather rapidly closing on the Cumbrian coast. Back at the beach and the surf was sufficient for a short play on modest waves by which time the sun had gone. So too had any finesse on my part it seemed as I braced up on a small wave, before rolling less smoothly than I would have liked on another - a little practise required perhaps, now that the water has warmed a little.

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