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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Mylor Harbour to Nare Head & Gull Rock

This could well be the last good day of Summer 2016. The sun was shining and warm and the sea was calm so we did not waste it. As I had to be back on shore by a given time perhaps it was not the best idea to paddle 21 miles but the day was too good to waste on a lesser trip. Mylor yacht harbour was as busy as any summers day when we set off and the Carrick Roads was full of boats of all sizes. After turning the corner at St Anthony lighthouse the traffic was quieter but we were accompanied for a short while by a double sea kayak heading towards Bohortha Beach.

Passing Towan beach and then Portscatho we started to head out to Nare Head and Gull Rock which is just under a mile from Nare, on the way we did see a few Porpoises in the distance which was very pleasing as they were the first I have seen all of this summer. As the tide was working against us it took a bit more effort to make the last mile as the tidal flow accelerates between Nare Head and Gull rock but as we approached closer to the rock this eased off. Just off the rock there were a couple of kayak fishermen taking advantage of the calm weather and having fun.

After circumnavigating this large rock, we rafted up to drink tea, have lunch and take in the view. It was a bit of a distance to cover given my time schedule but I am happy to say that I did get back in time to eat and go to a music concert in the evening. Unloading kit at 11.30 at night in my neighbourhood is a bit anti-social I know, but the day was worth it.

Wildlife Observed: Gannet, Grey heron, Little egret Kestrel (1), Curlew Purple sandpiper (1), Oystercatcher, Mediterranean gull (2), Raven (1), Rock pipit Linnet (20+), Porpoise (3+), Grey seal (6)

Look For: 
Carrick Roads
Falmouth Docks
St Mawes Castle
St Anthony's Lighthouse
Bohortha Beach.
Porthbeor Beach
Towan Beach
Pendower Beach
Carne Beach
Nare Head
Gull Rock
Gerrans Bay

Other water users including ferries, sailing and motor boats. Also be aware of the movement of large ships around Falmouth Docks and the Carrick Roads.
Tidal flow between Gull Rock and Nare Head

Paddle No: 36
Date: 3/10/2015
Wind: Force 1 - 2 SW
Temperature: 15 degrees
Weather: Sun
Distance Covered: 21 miles
Duration: 6hrs
Access: Easy launch from Mylor Harbour no landing on Gull Rock
Sea state: Smooth
Kayaks: Nigel Dennis Romany,  P&H Quest

    Mylor Harbour to
    Nare Head
    & Gull Rock

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