CSCC Reports 2007: Gower  - June 2007

A successful trip to Gower over the late May bank holiday in spite of some variable weather.

On the Saturday Alex, Luis, Chris and Dan J had a really enjoyable paddle along the coast from Port Eynon to just beyond Three Cliffs Bay and back again. The sea was nice and flat which meant that we could take in the fantastic scenery. Joanna (who was off doing a spot of ornithology) met us at lunchtime on the beach. Chris and Dan nearly entertained her with capsizes after being caught unawares by rogue surf waves on coming in to land. Dan did a spot of rolling practice at the end of the trip; the sea was noticeably warmer than in Anglesey earlier in the month. We just managed to get into the Oxwich Bay Hotel (?) for dinner (great view of the Bay and decent food).

On the Sunday we all took a day off paddling due to torrential rain, wind and low temperatures and after a chaotic attempt at a rendez-vous for breakfast chose to go our separate ways for a few hours; Chris and Joanna went for a potter around in Tenby, Fi and Mark went to the Olympic sized swimming pool in Swansea, Alex and Luis eventually located the National Botanical Garden and Dan the National Woollen Museum (where he bought another blanket!) All but Alex and Luis reunited for dinner at the Moonlight Indian restaurant in the Mumbles (good food and cheap). The drive home was livened up by coming across some ponies milling around in the road.

On the Bank Holiday Monday Fi, Mark, Alex, Luis and Dan went surfing at Rhossili Bay (Hill End). Enfeebled by three nights under canvas, Dan only lasted about 15 minutes and yet still managed to fit in three rolls and an additional capsize. Everyone else made it look very easy!

Most of us stayed at the Kennoxstone campsite which we had visited before. It remains a good place to stay, because it had good clean facilities and is not overcrowded. Fi and Mark stayed at a B & B which hadn't been given a 'make over' since the 1970's, but at least they had a roof over their heads!