31 paddlers met in Conwy on Sunday morning for a paddle along the estuary in a variety of sea and river kayaks. Though cold, the weather was in our favour and we were met with clear(ish) skies to start our journey.
After a safety briefing, double counting and buddying up, we set off, guided by Ian Bell in his open canoe along the estuary. After successfully avoiding any contact with the many boats in the bay, we passed under the main road and were fortunate to see a different side to the castle to what most people see. We continued for 6km before a lunch and drink stop on the bank, with views of snow-capped Snowdonian mountains, though the weather had become slightly more overcast…
As the tide turned for our return trip and the wind were behind us, it felt like we made the return trip much faster, though were hit by the rain for the last 10 minutes of paddling.
Most of us then headed to Llandudno to be joined by a few non-paddlers for some drinks in the warmth and a well-earnt Christmas dinner.
Thanks to Brian and Kirk for organising the paddle and meal, Ian and Keith for guiding/following the group and everyone else for a great day out!