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Welsh Sea Kayaking

Welsh Sea Kayaking
A selection of fifty great sea kayak voyages around the coast of Wales.

From the Dee Estuary to the Bristol Channel, the Welsh coastline in all its varied guises provides a fantastic playground for the sea kayaker. The fifty journeys selected cover all of the interesting parts of the coast and provide easy sheltered paddles, testing offshore trips for the adventurous and everything in between.

Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout, this book is a practical guide to help you select and plan trips. It will provide inspiration for future voyages and a souvenir of journeys undertaken.

As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, the book does much to stimulate and inform our interest in the environment we are passing through. It is full of facts and anecdotes about local history, geology, scenery, seabirds and sea mammals.

A fascinating read and an inspirational book.

Foreword by Nigel Dennis

This guide has been a long time coming! Wales has a spectacular coastline with the added complication of strong tides. Rugged coastlines often make access difficult and expeditions exposed to the elements. This guide certainly goes a long way in providing essential information, making the planning of trips less stressful, and is within the reach of all. The severity of the trips often depends on wind strength and direction. Being on neap or spring tides may turn a benign expedition into a mini-epic so local knowledge of the kind that helped compile this book can be essential. The book will provide you with a lot of valuable information so if you plan to paddle our coastline it is an essential read. I only wish I had had the benefit of this guide in my early days as it would have certainly made life easier and probably safer.

Jim and Andy have added stories and tales intertwined with historic facts. This makes the book more than just a guide, it is an interesting and motivational read as well. The photographs are of high quality and the book has been designed for ease of reading and referencing, to include essential information on tidal streams, launch and landing spots, places of interest, campsites and friendly hostelries.

I would like to take this opportunity of congratulating the authors for all their hard work. I can think of no better way to spend hours of research time. ‘Welsh Sea Kayaking' will be of great benefit to sea kayakers. It is wonderful to have such enthusiastic people who are prepared to impart valuable information and experiences to fellow paddlers. Fantastic!

About the Authors

Jim Krawiecki - Jim's involvement in the outdoors and in particular the Welsh coastline started on family holidays spent at the unique Polish ex-servicemen's home near Pwllheli. Beachcombing, investigating the sea life in rock pools and walks along the dramatic headlands of the Lleyn developed an interest in the outdoors. An introduction to canoes and kayaks at school led Jim to join a local canoe club in the mid 90's, predominately a white water club, as members suggested that sea kayaking was both dangerous and boring! Undeterred and finding better-informed company through North West Sea Kayakers, a passion for the sea was rekindled and encouraged. In return Jim is now a prominent member of that group and regularly organises meets and sea trips. Sea kayaking in Brittany, the Greek Isles, Scotland and numerous excursions to Wales have prompted him to share his enthusiasm for sea touring by putting pen to paper and hopefully opening up opportunities for others to enjoy the delights of this region.

Jim is also a passionate mountaineer, which in turn has led to his current employment at the offices of the British Mountaineering Council.

Andy Biggs - Andy has always had a strong affinity with the sea. Those who have paddled with him comment on, and benefit from, his understanding and analysis of tidal movements and anomalies, often ensuring the most efficient and enjoyable trips with the tide and wind being allies rather than obstacles.

Fascinated by the journeying nature of sea kayaking, Andy has completed many memorable trips around the UK including trips in Ireland, Scotland and extensively in Wales. He has circumnavigated the islands of Skye and Mull and recently paddled multi-day trips in Alaska and New Zealand. Andy loves remote places and has completed many challenging trips, either as a solo traveller or with his long-suffering college friend, Simon. These adventures have included trekking in the Himalayas, alpine climbing, cycling across Iceland and also crossing Eastern Europe soon after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.

Andy has been a free-lance photographer and more recently, has enjoyed inspiring students in his position as a teacher.
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