2016-06-05 Flamborough

The Birds

There was quite a swell forecast for 5th June coming from the North. Consequently South Landing was fairly quiet in terms of the car park and sea state. Setting off Stu () and I immediately bumped into a group of kayakers who had been out to Head, who told us it was a little too bumpy for them, so they had turned around and were heading back. Off to our right we could see some large breaking waves, so Stu suggested we head out to these waves for a look. Err… ok!

Paddling out to the big waves at North Smethic
Paddling out to the big waves at North Smithic

The waves were breaking over the Smithic Reef and were a lot, lot bigger the nearer we got to them. Also the noise these waves made as they breaked was like a thunderclap, something you couldn’t hear from South Landing. All in all it was a little intimidating. We had a play at surfing them, but sticking well to the sides to avoid getting worked by a very large foamy pile.

Stu with Flamborough
Stu with Flamborough
North Smithic Waves - having a play
North Smithic Waves – having a play
North Smithic Waves - splosh!
North Smithic Waves – splosh!
North Smithic Waves - Over the top
North Smithic Waves – Over the top

Having had a tentative play, we set off for Flamborough Head. As we rounded the head the waves were still big and very lumpy. However, we now started to encounter lots of Guillemots and Razorbills flying overhead.

Fishing boat off Flamborough Head
Fishing boat off Flamborough Head
Big n' bouncy seas
Big n’ bouncy seas
Flamborough Head
Flamborough Head
Breil Newk
Breil Newk
The Birds
The Birds
Cliffs and birds
Cliffs and birds
Cliffs and birds
Cliffs and birds
Flamborough Cliffs
Flamborough Cliffs
Stu looking down on me from a wave
Stu looking down on me from a wave

After a brief stop at North Landing we headed up towards the Cliffs. Always keeping one eye out for any rogue breaking wave wanting to dump us on the shoreline. The wildlife was amazing!

Incomming Razorbill
Incomming Razorbill
Razorbill comical take off
Razorbill comical take off
Great Cliffs
Great Cliffs
On the way to the Arch with lumpy seas
On the way to the Arch with lumpy seas
On the way to the Arch
On the way to the Arch
Bempton Cliffs
Bempton Cliffs
Bempton Cliffs
Bempton Cliffs
Flamborough with Stu - is that it?
Flamborough with Stu – is that it?

At the Bempton Arch there were thousands of birds, Guillemots, Razorbills Kittiwakes, Gannets and even the odd puffin. We also spotted someone in an orange top at the base of the cliff starting to climb to the top. From where we were we could see they had no ropes and it looked pretty precarious.

Bempton Arch with outgoing Guillemots and Razorbills
Bempton Arch with outgoing Guillemots and Razorbills
Bempton Arch
Bempton Arch with thousands of birds overhead
The Bempton Arch
The Bempton Arch
Me and the Bempton Arch
Me and the Bempton Arch

On the way back it was a hard paddle. The sea was now getting rougher and very messy. Hence no photos. We also seemed to be constantly pushed towards the cliffs, so that we both ended up more or less ferry gliding against the flow. Around Flamborough Head the sea was quite uncomfortable. But once we were around the corner the sea flattened off.  We then had a nice paddle back in the sun.

Heading Back to South Landing
Heading Back to South Landing

What a great paddle!

 

 

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