14 March 2015, Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli)

This was the SKW team’s first visit of 2015 to Bardsey Island, “the island in the currents” and of 20,000 saints.

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Bardsey Island on a sunnier day

Our trip started and finished from the former shipbuilding centre and industrial port village of Aberdaron.  Also known as the “Lands End of Wales”, Aberdaron used to be a busy port for exporting the local mining and agricultural industries’ produce.  It now prospers from its natural beauty and has a thriving tourism industry.

We were treated to a beautiful chilly spring day, with sunshine interspersed between cloudy spells.  Some fun tidal rapid conditions were found on our outward journey at the Pen Y Cil mainland corner and along the eastern shore of Bardsey Island.  These were caused by the flooding neap tidal currents, passing along the respective shorelines, and the interferance from the easterly breeze.  Otherwise, it was a relatively easy passage in good company.

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Anxious water at Pen Y Cil with Bardsey Island offshore

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At Bardsey we caught up with the Porter family, who were just beginning to enjoy another busy lambing season on their island farm. Later, our walk up to the summit of Mynydd Enlli proved to be a great little excursion, whilst we waited for the flooding currents to subside.  Back at the little harbour we met another kayaking group; Brian, Chris and Will (http://runswithaxes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/suited-and-booted-for-bardsey.html) who had also paddled out from Aberdaron.

What an amazing trip! With…..from left to right: Paul, Geth, Ed, Rich and Abi.

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