Sea kayaking in Northumbria

Having really enjoyed Mull with S.O.C., Mum and I organised a few days paddling in Northumbria with Kim Bull. The first and second days we spent in Amble harbour, learning skills in the enclosed sheltered space. I was a bit nervous so we didn’t actually leave the harbour shelter. Kim unfortunately had hurt his knee so these were the only days we got to paddle, whilst we re-arranged a few more days in August for when he’d recovered. Instead we went fossil hunting and walking along the Northumbrian and Scottish border coast.

We visited St. Abbs, Siccar point, Howick bay and Cullernose point.

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Sea kayaking and Geologising in Mull!

Whilst everyone else seemed to have set off on their European adventures for the summer, I was still stuck at home, revising for my summer exams! Mum and Dad had planned a sea kayak trip to the Isle of Mull with S.O.C. so I decided to invite myself to cure my boredom!

We dragged the shed (caravan) and put all the sea kayaks and bikes on the car and set off. The journey involved 2 ferry crossings, the Corran ferry and the Lochaline to Fishnish ferry. The scenery was pretty spectacular and we arrived in time to get everything set up before bed, at the Fidden Farm campsite.

We went paddling from the campsite around Erraid, so I could get used to the unwieldy sea kayak thing I was using. There was a seal in the bay, and lots of nice sea birds around.

We also did a trip from Carsaig bay to Carsaig arches and back (which was pretty tiring, as we did lots of rock hopping in between!).

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We also spent several days doing Geology excursions, with one day at Carsaig bay where I found an Ammonite amongst a good horde of other fossils.

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A day on Mull, where Dad and I collected lots of specimens of Iona marble.

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We also went for a walk along the Wilderness coast to visit an unconformity, which was pretty cool… Fern certainly enjoyed her walk!

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I had a really good trip and was really enlightened by sea kayaking! I have now planned a trip to Northumbria to go sea kayaking again with mum and Kim Bull, and will write another blog post about that after I’ve been!

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