EC3 4 Piers 2 seals

Back to Great Yarmouth, a day planned around bagging the last four piers for this week. The local weather was a bit shabby, rain with a touch of thunder. But a quick check on the internet showed the thunder was moving offshore, so it was a skin on frame boat day, back to the Beach Hut for a pre paddle coffee and cake.

Setting off in bright sunshine, paddling south to Britannia, then on to Wellington. Not a lot of water round these piers.


But paddling back from Wellington pier, I was startled by a snorting noise behind me, as this curious seal joined me all the way back to the get out.


So making my way back up the beach, watched by the seal, that at one point I thought was going to get out with me, I loaded the kayak up and headed to Lowestoft, for Claremont and South Piers.

With a quick nod to the lifeguards, I set off on what looked like a simple paddle. A few shots of Claremont.


It was a short paddle across to South Pier. A little info sometimes helps, I wished I had read the pilot notes, the choppy waters around the harbour mouth wouldn’t have been a surprise. I could see the chop and mild chaos, which was ok when paddling, but stopping and taking pictures proved interesting, and a bit of company would have been appreciated, to lean on while clicking away.


It was a bit of a relief to get into calmer water, where the second seal of the day followed me, no pictures this time, but piers and seals, a good day.

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East Coast part two

The plan for Wednesday was to try and get three piers, Cromer, and then follow the tide, drive to Great Yarmouth to catch two more piers. On the drive North, I wanted to do a quick site check at Great Yarmouth, sort out parking and access, parked close to the Beach Hut, good coffee and chocolate brownies.

In Cromer, parking on a steep hill near the pier and the RNLI museum, it was a short walk to the water.


Still working on Cromer Pier.


With added lifeboat station.

The dash down the coast to Great Yarmouth didn’t pay off, as I parked up the sea mist was rolling in, so back to Woodbridge, and plan the return visit.

Two Tree Island to Southend Pier

A leisurely start to Saturday to meet the planners of this trip, Barbara and Carolyn. Getting to Two Tree Island early enough for a quick cup of tea in the Golf Driving Range, and then onto the car park for 9:30.

The weather was fine, with less wind than forecast, but still carrying the Northerly chill. We were joined by a local paddler, Hariboy, it was good to catch up, as I haven’t paddled with him for a while.


Paddling out with the tide, and the wind turning to assist us, we made good progress down ‘the gut’ passing  familiar boats, Two Brothers, and the visiting Cygnet.


As we approached the pier, some practice on using transits added interest. Looking at the end of the pier, we could see there was something unusual moored up, it was a three masted schooner from the Netherlands, Eendracht.


The sea of the end of the pier was far calmer than expected, and we sped by, getting a few photos. It was an ideal opportunity to duck inside and paddle under Southend Pier,  and back towards Two Tree Island.

Even with the light headwind, and a gentle tide assist, the return journey felt nice and easy. There was only one seal sighted, but a good spot of a Great Crested Grebe and some busy Oystercatchers kept the spirits up.

A grand day out, with good company, finished with tea and lemon drizzle cake.

Thanks for the planning Barbara and Carolyn, a good way to spend a birthday Carolyn, and Hariboy provided interesting conversation, as usual.