A Bonne Nuit Sunday

Bonne Nuit was the venue for today’s sea kayaking with Jersey Canoe Club.  When leaving from Bonne Nuit, it is always an issue which way to head, to the east lies Belle Hougue, with its entertaining tide race whilst the coast to the west has a number of interesting physical features.  Today felt like a day for geography so we headed west in the bright October sunshine.

Bonne Nuit
One of the convenient aspects of paddling from Bonne Nuit is that even at low tide it is a pretty short carry.
Bonne Nuit
A rather faded plaque on the habour wall was unveiled by Chay Blyth in 1991 to commemorate the 25th running of the Sark to Jersey rowing race. This annual fixture in Jersey’s sporting calendar finishes at Bonne Nuit.
Bonne Nuit
Although the cliffs aren’t totally vertical the slopes are steep providing a spectacular backdrop to the kayaking.
Bonne Nuit
There are plenty of small channels to explore but the swell was arriving in sets, at times catching people unaware.
Bonne Nuit
Being caught by the swell can result in a quick swim, which was followed by the emptying of the kayaks offshore.
Bonne Nuit
Rock type certainly influences scenery. The dark rock to the left is part of the St John Rhyolite formation whilst the red of the granite is clearly visible to the right.
Bonne NUit
Approaching to workings of Ronez Quarry. The old pier structures are to the right. Ships no longer weave their way through the offshore rocks to collect their cargo of stone.
Bonne Nuit
John paddling close to the rocks off Sorel headland, the most northerly point of Jersey. 
Le Mourier Valley
Jim approaching Le Mourier Valley. An isolated section of the north coast. This is the starting point for some of the best coasteering on the Island.
Devil's Hole
Looking into Devil’s Hole. Although a tourist attraction on the north coast, very few people see it from this perspective.
Bonne Nuit
Heading back towards Bonne Nuit. Belle Hougue is in the distance but we will be turning right just past the first headland to return to Bonne Nuit. With SE Force 7-8 forecast for later it was an opportunity grasped.

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