Festive Chillbusting Paddle 2010

Really dumb thing to do. For the first time ever my ‘go whatever’ mentality wavered and I had resigned myself to building an igloo on the lawn. Fresh snow made the drive to the sea look dodgy but annoyingly Dave’s Subaru made short work of it and we found ourselves in Boscastle ready to set off in temperatures of about 5 below, having met up with fellow die-hards Austen and Keith.

Big tides so we went with the flow and headed south towards Bossiney. Had a snoop in the big cave at Willapark:

Great paddling round the inshore side of Short and Long Island and some gob-smacking cliff scenery and gulches to explore. What on earth are those ancient walls and paths down to precipitous cliffs and inlets all about? I hope people didn’t used to load tin or copper onto ships around here- their beards would have gone grey waiting for a calm enough day. Gotta be crazy. But not as crazy as kayaking on this particular day of Siberian climes.

We coffeed on Bossiney beach and found a baby seal which wasn’t looking too clever with a missing eye. Great Black-backed gulls  guilty I suspect.

Half-witted, hypothermic kayaking Santas

We really didn’t need a headwind for the return trip but it arrived as forecast. We tucked in close to the islands and shore to baffle the wind. Precipitous cliff faces were all absorbing so took our minds off the flog.

Lovely Long Island

Just managed to get through the doors into the Cobweb inn in Boscastle before becoming clinically ill through lack of bodyheat. Pint of Guinness cures all.

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One thought on “Festive Chillbusting Paddle 2010

  1. Hi Rupert,have you lot been drinking?was this before the Cobweb,after,or inbetween? ha ha
    Not posted,for a while,as my computer died,and lost you off my Favourites List.When you Google “Kayak Fishing” there is a long list of results,but minus your blog! Came back to it,accidentally via Google Images!!You might want to try something more specific in the title,like Kayak fishing Rupert,or Kayak Fishing Cornwall,it may provide more hits.
    Not been out a while myself,the usual excuses – work,family,weather,but more recently this dreaded Manflu.Over Christmas the boat spent over a week on the van raring to go,but my get up and go had sadly got up and gone!
    Notice you’ve been in that splendid cave,south of Willapark(isn’t that,just the wierdest name for a headland,and there is another further South,so it should be North Willapark really!) Have you been in the cave North of Boscastle? I don’t know if I mentioned it to you,I’ve put a video on YouTube “Boscastle Cave” it is like “Journey to the centre of the Earth” you actually get to meet Doug McClure at the back,and some Dinosaurs,honestly!! Anyway times up,catch you later,hoping to get back down there this summer,I’ve got plenty unfinished business down there!

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