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Saturday, 26 September 2015

Sennen Cove to Newlyn

This paddle has been waiting to go on the blog for some time and the Kevins x 2 will now be pleased that I have at last uploaded it. It’s a good paddle for anyone with a sea kayak but not really suitable for a sit-on due to the distance of over 15 miles. We left Sennen Cove in thick fog but the sea was calm with little swell. The Longships lighthouse was not visible so we kept fairly close to the shore, there was just a little current around Lands End and the light wind was in our favour but the fog hung around. Moving towards Gwennap Head, we saw three other kayakers coming towards us through the gloom. It was a friend of mine Sam with two of her buddies paddling from Porthgwarra to Sennen.

Stopping for a quick tea break at Porthgwarra we went past Porthchapel beach and on to The Minack and Porthcurno beach and past Logan Rock. Fortunately by this time the mist had cleared and the sun started to burn through at St Loye. The next port of call was Tater Du lighthouse then Lamorna Cove for a short break before heading NE towards Mousehole then on to our landing spot at Newlyn.

As usual we saw much bird life and many seals who were happy to follow us for a mile at a time.

Wildlife Observed: Gannet, Fulmar, Razorbill (40+), Grey heron, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Kittiwake, Mediterranean gull (1), Rock pipit, Grey seal (20-30)

Look For: 
Sennen Lifeboat Station
Cowloe Rocks
Longships Reef and Lighthouse
Wolf Rock Lighthouse
Old Coastguard Lookout
60m Cliffs
The Wreck of the Mulheim
The Armed Knight Rock
Enys Dodnan Arch
Mill Bay / Nanjizel
Pendower Coves
Folly Cove
Porth Loe
Gwennap Head
The Runnel Stone
Porthgwarra Cove
Porthchapel Beach
St Loy Beach
Tater Du Lighthouse
Lamorna Cove
St Clements Isle
Penlee Lifeboat Station

Not a trip to do in large swell or strong wind
Tidal flow and reefs at Lands End
Many reefs and currents around points and headlands (get your tides right)
Strong tidal flow just off Porthgwarra Cove between Runnelstone and shore on full Ebb and flow.

Paddle No: 35
Date: 21/6/2015
Wind: Force 1-2 SW
Temperature: 16 degrees
Weather: Foggy turning to sun
Distance Covered: 15.3 miles
Duration: 5hrs
Access: Easy via Sennen Cove slipway
Sea state: Smooth
Kayaks: Nigel Dennis Romany x 2, P&H Quest

   Sennen Cove
   to Newlyn

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