2009 04 11 Meadsfoot to Oddicombe

I planned this trip to practise my tidal navigation skills. As it was meant to be a club trip for novices, I meticulously planned everything to see what could be covered. In the end, only Paul Farmer, Tony Scott, Carol, and me went on the trip, all beyond novice level, however, was interesting to monitor how well plan worked.

We set off from Clevedon 08:00 to be on water 10:30 at Meadesfoot. Parked at Meadesfoot near slipway, launched on fine sunny day, slight swell and light breeze. We paddled around the small islands offshore (Ore Stone and Lead Stone) to see if we could see any seals. Tony is a keen ornithologist and wanted to tell us about the birdlife but had forgotten his glasses!

Explored coastline, stopping at loos by beach café at Hope Cove. Rock hopped coast just before beaching at Babbacombe. Had a break and ate picnic accompanied by tea from beach café.

Returned along same route but decided to finish by paddling out and around Thatcher Rock. Wind had risen so waves had picked up and was bigger swell and chop but nothing to trouble us.

Landed about 16:00, packed away and headed to nearby café for tea and exquisite Lemon cake, which we ate overlooking the beautiful, sunny beach below.

Forecasted wind about 8mph, seemed to be same.

Trip plan here