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Sunday, 12 July 2009

Sunday 12 July 2009. A trip to the other side

Of the Bristol Channel that is.
Following on from my trip down the River Barle last February I noticed on the Exmoor Canoe Club website that there was a trip planned from Porlock Weir down the coast to Lynmouth. This is one part of the country I have yet to visit and as this is the coastline visible from our local beaches this seemed an ideal trip.

I teamed up with a couple of people from Exmoor CC and the Watchet Sea Kayak pod run by Den Healey.

Plan A was scuppered by the weather. The forecast was for strong winds potentially up to force 6 and from the west so that would have been on the nose. The trip around Foreland Point with spring tides against wind would have been eventful.

So we left Watchet with the intention of getting as far as Porlock Weir.

Once afloat it became clear just how windy it was and progress was quite slow.

First stop was Minehead which we could just see in the distance.

Just before Minehead we got hit by a squall.

Butlins makes the perfect landmark.

We headed for the harbour.

Where we had lunch and called it a day, 7.2 miles in two and half hours.

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