When the weekend finally arrived the numbers had dropped to four. We all met at the campsite in St. Petrox, a basic but well situated site for this weekend. Saturday morning came and we made our way down to Stackpole Quay, there is a handy National Trust car park here with a short walk to the water. Once all the boats were loaded, carried to the water, we set off in the flat calm of the harbour. From here we paddled west along the cliffs and across Barafundle Bay, one of the best beaches in West Wales. More cliffs and around Stackpole head going out to avoid the fishing lines. From here it is across Broad Haven another fine beach. There are some wonderfull rock formations along this coast, the water is clear and green.
As w head around St Govans head we meet the full impact of the gusty wind (F4), this together with the waves and current against us made for slow progress and we were lucky to make 2mph. As this is a very exposed section of coastine we knew that landing for lunch would be very difficult. We paddled untill noon when we turned around, this automatically doubled our speed.
Along this coast is St Govans chapel, which is built into a small crevice in the cliff. It is so difficult to see that Fran missed despite pointing it out.
Lunch was back at Broad Haven. This is a lovely sandy beach and was very sheltered today.
From here the trip back is flatter and an easy paddlle. We met some current by Stackpole Head so able to play on the waves.
Once back and all changed it was to the cafe for refreshments.
Trip 12.5 miles, average speed 3mph
Paddlers Ralph, Fran, Mike & Mark.
As the weather had taken a turn for the worse no paddling on the Sunday, but we did walk along the cliffs and down to the chapel. This area contains the MOD tank ranges so look out for the red flags and lights and do not touch strange objects on the beaches.