The paddle up the Percuil river is scenic and we saw a good selection of bird life. As this trip had to taken on an outgoing tide and mud was in abundance we could not go to the head of the river which was around another mile further up.
A quick trip back with the outgoing tide until we got to Place House when we were exposed to the wind blowing straight at us with some force. The paddle past St Mawes and the coast up as far a the Castle was slow going and choppy. After rounding Castle point the wind eased off to a force four and was to our side, but we kept up a good pace regardless. Another nice river trip but I cannot wait to get back on the ocean.
Black-throated diver (1), Little grebe (6+), Little egret (10+), Grey heron (10+), Mute swan (2+), Red-breasted merganser (1), Curlew (30+), Redshank (20+), Greenshank (3), Oystercatcher (10+), Turnstone (c.10), Buzzard (1)
St Mawes Castle
Other water craft as this is a very busy river.
Paddle No: 21
Wind: Force 1-5 SW
Temperature: 9 degrees
Weather: Sun to start then cloud
Distance Covered: 10 miles
Duration: 4 hrs
Access: Easy launch from Mylor Harbour Slip
River state: Smooth. Estuary: Choppy
Kayaks: Nigel Dennis Romany, P&H Scorpio
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