21 March 2015, Traversing Bardsey Sound – Porth Oer to Aberdaron

DSC_0129              Porth Oer

The SKW team returned to Bardsey Sound on 21 March to enjoy a beautiful day of paddling on one of the biggest tides of the year.  Our launching point was Porth Oer (Whistling Sands), famous for it’s squeaky sand underfoot.  Along with many of the other North Coast Inlets/beaches, Porth Oer once used to facilitate the import and export of produce to and from the Llŷn agricultural industry.  This coast was once a motorway of cargo boats and ships.  In difficult sailing conditions, a great many of these vessels foundered, in rough conditions, on the rocky coastline.  The most famous of these shipwrecks was the whisky laden “Stuart”, which grounded in a storm at Porth Tŷ Mawr in 1901 without loss of life.  Hidden whisky bottles are still being discovered nearby, North East of Porth Oer!

DSC_0119 Departing Porth Oer

DSC_0123        The stunning coastline South West of Porth Oer

Further down the coast, towards Bardsey Sound, fun tidal rapids could be played on.  These tideraces were also easy to avoid on the inside, adjacent to the shoreline.  At the Braich Y Pwll tiderace we shared the whitewater and surf with Dolphins.

Following lunch at Porth Felen, in Bardsey Sound, the team progressed on to Aberdaron via the lovely Gwylan-Bach and Gwylan-Fawr Islands.

DSC_0145  Aberdaron, viewed from Pen Y Cil

DSC_0116  Paddling on this day were… from left to right: Paul, Baggy, Geth, Ed and Richard.