Kayak Touring

Our trips are led by qualified leaders. As well as guiding the trip your leader is there to offer advice and assistance. Routes 1-4 will all include an element of training, the amount of training will depend on your previous experience and paddling ability. Routes 5 and 6 are serious undertakings therefore clients will need to have proven themselves capable by completing our pre requirements.

1. Pwllheli – Abersoch
A relatively straight forward introduction to kayaking on the sea. This trip has plenty of options for getting out of the kayaks and stretching your legs on the sandy beaches between Pwllheli and Abersoch. As well as long sandy beaches you will be kayaking past the disused granite quarries at Llanbedrog, a well-placed café and a selection of rocky outcrops.

Pre requirements - Kayaked before on moving water
Approximate paddling time (hrs)* - 2 ¼
Approximate Distance (km) - 12.5
Group size - 4
Cost pp (£) - 50

2. Trefor to Nefyn

This is a great route for seeing a variety of sea birds. Cliffs on the Trefor headland, Yr Eifl and at each end of the Nant Gwrtheyrn beach are the birth places to thousands species including gulls, guillemots and razor bills. Trefor is home to the Llŷn Peninsula’s only remaining pier. The historic valley of Nant Gwrtheyrn is now the home of the National Language Centre and a great place to stop for a leg stretch and a coffee. A long sandy beach leads to the shelter of Nefyn with its steep sandy cliffs and old fishing village.

Pre requirements - Kayaked before on moving water
Approximate paddling time (hrs)* - 2
Approximate Distance (km) - 11
Group size - 4
Cost pp (£) - 50

3. Gwylan Islands
This trip is gets a bit more committing as it includes a short crossing to the uninhabited Gwylan islands. Starting from the beach in Aberdaron we paddle our way parallel with the beach towards Ebolion headland passing close to some interesting arches and caves. From here we head across to Gwylan Fawr before the short hop across to Gwylan Fach. During spring and summer you will see a wide range of birds including puffins nesting on the islands, other wildlife we might encounter include seals and dolphins. The return route is either be via Porth Meudwy or by retracing our outward route.

Pre requirements - Kayaked before plus either route 1 or 2
Approximate paddling time (hrs)* - 1 ¼
Approximate Distance (km) - 6.6
Group size - 4
Cost pp (£) - 50

4. St Tudwals islands
Setting off from Abersoch this trip heads around Abersoch bay past the old lifeboat launch before crossing St Tudwals road to the islands. Both islands are privately owned so landing is not possible. The islands are also home to large amounts of seals and sea birds. The eastern island has impressive caves while the western island has an old light house. To return to Abersoch we head back to the old lifeboat launch then retrace our route around the bay.

Pre requirements - Kayaked before plus two trips chosen from trips 1-3
Approximate paddling time (hrs)* - 1 ¾
Approximate Distance (km) - 9.5
Group size - 3
Cost pp (£) - 70

5. Whistling sands to Aberdaron
This trip starts and finishes on sand but for the rest of its length we will be paddling below the large cliffs of the Peninsula’s most exposed point. Sticking to the North Eastern edge of the Bardsey sound we may see choughs, peregrines and a various other sea birds, look carefully and you may even spot a rock climber. Bardsey sound is known for its strong currents and rough seas so good paddling skills are essential. In addition to large cliffs we will see plenty of secluded caves where seals go to find shelter. Both start and finish points have refreshments next to the beach, great for food and drink.
Due to the serious nature of this trip we will only run it in calm conditions and with clients who we consider capable.

Pre requirements - Kayaked before. Completed trips 3 and 4 as well as trips 1 or 2
Approximate paddling time (hrs)* - 2 ¼
Approximate Distance (km) - 12
Group size - 2
Cost pp (£) - 80

6. Bardsey Island
From the beach in Aberdaron we paddle along the coast passed Port Meudwy towards the headland of Pen Y Cil. From hear we leave the relative shelter of the headland to make a crossing of Bardsey sound following in the wake of thousands of pilgrims. Bardsey is steeped in history, it is said to be the burial place of thousands of saints and was once considered an important religious pilgrimage. It is now a nature reserve and home to an abundance of bird and seal life. As the tide turns we can enjoy a well-earned rest and a leg stretch before we jump back in the kayaks for the return journey.
Due to the serious nature of this trip we will only run it in calm conditions and with clients who we consider capable.

Pre requirements - Kayaked before. Completed trips 3,4 and 5 as well as trip 1 or 2
Approximate paddling time (hrs)* - 3
Approximate Distance (km) - 17
Group size - 2
Cost pp (£) - 80

Our trips are all lead by qualified leaders. As well as guiding the trip your leader is there to offer advice and assistance. Routes 1-4 will all include an element of training, the amount of training will depend on your previous experience and paddling ability. Routes 5 and 6 are serious undertakings therefore clients will need to have proven themselves capable by completing our pre requirements, (see trip outline table).

All the routes are affected by sea conditions and tide, we may need to swap the start and finish points, shorten routes or postpone trips if conditions dictate. We will give you as much notice of any unplanned changes as possible.

The cost per person is based on trips running with a minimum number of clients. If you are not part of a group the price will increase. We can discuss costs when you come to book.

*The paddling time is an approximate guide and does not include things like intro to the session, teaching elements on the water, stops, weather or tidal conditions. It is based on an average paddling time 5 ½ km per hour.

 

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