Seaham

seaham

On Thursday, I paddled past Tynemouth and Sunderland, and stopped at Seaham.   Yesterday was very wet and windy, and today I didn’t fancy battling a headwind, so I’ve been resting and recharging my batteries in Tonia’s Cafe.

All ready to continue south tomorrow.  It is definitely feeling autumnal now.

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3 thoughts on “Newbiggin by the Sea

  1. Really enjoyed meeting you today at Seaham. I definitely take my hat off to you. Well done and good luck for the last 200 miles or so.

  2. Keep on ticking those miles off Guy, not too long to go now.
    We like the photos, but why do you keep on getting up for sunrise? Treat yourself to a lie in now and then, you’ve earned it surely…

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Embleton Bay

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Sunrise

There were very strong winds over the weekend and I stayed on the beach, but today it was much calmer and there was a beautiful sunrise.

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Except for a coupler of squalls, it was mostly calm on the water.  A couple of porpoises popped up when I stopped for lunch.  I landed on a lovely beach in  Embleton Bay with great views of Dunstanburgh Castle.

3 thoughts on “Embleton Bay

  1. Wow! Just seen you paddle past us just south of Amble. Took us a while to work out that it was you, I chased after you once had got enough Internet access, but you were long gone! Had a quick look at the blog and truly looks awesome! Wish we’d shouted well done and keep it up! Fingers crossed for more good weather. Off to look for those poirpoise now! Clare

  2. Hi Guy, we met you on the beach at Embleton. been to the shop and bought you some razors!! We walked down to the beach the next morning and saw you rowing off in the distance. Good Luck with your mighty quest. The RNLI is a cause close to our hearts as we have a brother in law at sea and he has raised funds for them in the past. Looking forward to seeing you on the One Show!

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Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Approaching St. Abbs Head

I left Dunbar yesterday and paddled round St. Abbs Head, crossing back into England, and stopping on a beach just south of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The wind was mostly behind me which was helped.  A bit before Eyemouth, a Minke whale came up for a breath right in front of me – I wasn’t expecting that here.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to take a picture.

Today, I’ve been enjoying a day of resting and eating.  Stronger winds are forecast for the weekend so I maybe here for a while.

5 thoughts on “Berwick-upon-Tweed

  1. Well done Slater old chap. Watch out when you get close to Hartlepool. If they mistake you for a Portuguese sailor, which is quite likely, they’ll hang you.

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Dunbar

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Aporoaching the Isle of May

I crossed from Fife Ness to Dunbar today.  I stopped for a rest and something to eat in the landing inlet on the Isle of May.

After that, I had to dodge a couple of big tankers, then a headwind made progress slow for the last 10 miles.

Feeling pretty tired, but looking at the forecast, I probably have plenty of rest coming soon !

2 thoughts on “Dunbar

  1. Good morning Guy, just a short note to wish you well on the remainder of your trip, we spoke to you this morning on Whitesands beach as you were getting set to go, hope it all goes well for you and we will be making a small donation to your collection.

    Kind regards

    George and Rita

  2. Hi guy hope you had a good night at south landing flamborough head.Hope you enjoyed your food.You are truly an inspiration .It was a pleasure to have met you and we all wish you well for the rest of your journey.We will be making a small donation.

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Fife Ness

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Yesterday was much too foggy for a crossing so I rested again.  Today it was clear so I crossed to Fife Ness, following the Coastguard’s suggestion to stop in the tiny natural harbour here (which is too small to appear on either my map or chart).

Tomorrow I’m hoping to make the last big crossing over to Dunbar.

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Carnoustie

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No horizon !

Yesterday, the visibility was so poor that I could hardly see the sea from the beach, so I didn’t paddle.  Today was much clearer as I left Inverbervie.  Thanks very much to Whitelaw family for carrying all my stuff down to the beach and for the generous donations !

The swell was enough to discourage me from landing on most of the beaches I passed, but I aimed for the small sheltered beach at East Haven near Carnoustie.

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There was a patch of thick mist as I passed Arbroath and another one as landed which meant I couldn’t really see the beach until I was a just few metres away.  Fortunately, there is just enough sand above the high water mark here to pitch my tent.

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Inverbervie

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Yesterday, I paddled from Cruden Bay, down to Aberdeen.  The visibility was pretty poor so I could barely see the shore for most of the way, but I had a large number of seals following me for company.

I camped at Nigg Bay, which wasn’t the best place really – I had to land in seaweed laden dumping surf, camped on some waste ground next to the sewage works, and launching this morning involved climbing over lots of large slippery boulders.  Not recommended !

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Today, the visibility was even worse – I hardly saw the shore at all.  There was also some swell and a bit of a headwind but the spring tide was helping nicely.

I had a couple of surprises – one when a fishing boat suddenly emerged from the mist and another when an unusually large breaking wave appeared in front of me – fortunately, I managed to miss both of them.

The mist cleared as I arrived at Inverbervie, and I managed to avoid the surf dumping on the steep pebble beach by surfing right into the river mouth.  I stopped for the night at a friendly campsite right on the riverbank.  Perfect.

3 thoughts on “Inverbervie

  1. Hi guy, met you today in Inverbervie. Giving you a hand with your gear was the least we could do for someone who is a true inspiration. Myself and my family would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. I look forward to reading your blog as you get ever closer to home. Safe journey

    Chic Whitelaw

  2. Hi Guy, I met you at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour – I was paddling north in my orange Rockpool – Shame about Nigg bay, especially as there are some great wee beaches a few miles further down but thats life!

    One day there will be a list of all the best (& worst) camping spots around the UK. The day after we met I headed over to Ullapool for some paddling & had a week of sunshine – unfortunately you didnt quite get the same on the east coast.

    Looking at your map its clearly all downhill now …..

    • Hi Graham,

      I should have asked you for camping suggestions, but I didn’t think of that until just after we’d finished chatting.
      Oh well, I think I was too tired to go much further that day anyway !

      Cheers,

      Guy.

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Cruden Bay

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Yesterday, a late start and then stopping in Peterhead harbour to stock up on food and drink meant I was paddling later in the day than planned.  After passing Cruden Bay, the combination of the tide against me, a strong headwind and increasingly choppy conditions meant my SOG was under 0.5 knots and it was looking unlikely that I was going to reach anywhere that I could land before dark, so I turned round to return to the calm of Cruden Bay. (Over 6 knots on the way back!).

A bit demoralising to have to go backwards, but better to be safe than sorry.  Today the forecast was for a stronger headwind (that didn’t materialise), so I rested.

I read once that the two most useful skills for a sea kayaker are knowing when to stay on the beach and knowing when to turn back.  I should try to bear that in mind!

3 thoughts on “Cruden Bay

  1. Keep It going Guy your on the back straight now.

    You’ve broken the back of it and your on the back straight now.

    Do you have any idea when you might be home?

    God speed

    The Water Carriiers

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Peterhead

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I enjoyed my stay in Pennan – thanks to Duncan and friends for inviting me for a delicious home cooked breakfast yesterday, and the Czech couple who brought a refreshing breakfast beer to my tent this morning !

The wind had mostly dropped today, but it was still a bit gusty in places as I passed Fraserburgh and Rattray Head.

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I found a nice spot to camp in the dunes a couple of miles north of Peterhead.

2 thoughts on “Peterhead

  1. I keep checking in to see how you’re progressing, unbelievable how far you’ve travelled since I first heard about your voyage. The picture of the shipwreck is brilliant.

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