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Monday, 31 March 2014

Mullion to Loe Bar

Grey sky, moderate swell and spring tides were not encouraging, but this turned into a good day on the water. Jan came along with us with a borrowed P&H Vela and both were good company! We could not land at Loe Bar as there was a line of rock exposed on the low water mark and enough swell to make landing tricky, so we made this a round trip with no stops. Lots of reefs to avoid or enjoy depending on your mood and a couple of coves with good surf if you wanted to test yourself (we didn't).

Spectacular cliffs particularly around the harbour entrance to observe and a lot of damage to the harbour walls from the recent storms. Not much wildlife apart from a solitary seal near Gunwalloe Cove and a small assortment of birds. When we left in Mullion it was in calm water and little wind but on our return journey it was blowing an upper end of a force four and against us but as this was just a short paddle it was not a problem.

There were a few sit-on kayakers paddling around Mullion Island,  like us they also enjoyed the day and it was a simple pleasure to chat to them on our return.

Note: There is a launching fee for this harbour usually paid at the cafe or honesty box.

Wildlife Observed: Fulmar (5+), Curlew (5+), Oystercatcher (1), Kestrel (1), Rock pipit and Grey seal (1)

Look For:
Mullion Harbour storm damage
Mullion Island
Polurrian Cove
Marconi Memorial
Poldhu Cove
Church Cove
St Winwaloe Church
Dollar Cove
Gunwalloe Fishing Cove
Loe Bar

Steep slipway at Mullion
Working harbour with many holiday users
Many rock reefs and ledges
Dangerous to land/launch at Loe Bar and Gunwalloe even in small waves
All beaches and coves pick up surf with even with small swell
Not many get-out points unless sea is smooth
Many rocks and boulders on this coast

Paddle No: 25
Date: 30/3/2014
Wind: Force 1- 4 ESE
Temperature: 9 degrees
Weather: Cloud
Distance Covered: 6.75 miles
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Access: Easy launch from Mullion Harbour Slip
Sea state: Smooth to Chop - Small to Moderate Swell
Kayaks: Nigel Dennis Romany, P&H Scorpio and P&H Vela

   Mullion to
   Loe Bar

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  1. Andrew Grimshaw1 April 2014 at 08:33

    I was in the harbour when you came in with the s'pro. Nice blog, I've enjoyed watching some of your videos. Good to meet you all.

  2. Thanks Andrew, it was good to meet you too. Stay safe and hope to see you out there again. You may be interested in this bunch of friendly kayakers.