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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Mylor Harbour to Percuil River

Another Saturday window of opportunity in many weeks of gales and storms, so off we went. For safety’s sake we stuck to another river trip and this time headed from Mylor Harbour to Percuil River which is a very picturesque section of Carrick Roads. We launched in sunshine and in virtually no wind, crossing the river Fal in no time and Passing St Mawes to our left.

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.

Sorry but no video or pictures this week as I forgot to put the SD card in the GoPro!

Wildlife Observed:
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)

Look For:
Falmouth Docks
St Mawes Castle
St Mawes
Place House
Derelict Boats

Other water craft as this is a very busy river.
Shallow water
Mud banks
River Current

Paddle No: 21
Date: 4/1/2014
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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