Grey North Coast Days

The low cloud, mist and drizzle, which has been a constant since Wednesday morning continued over the weekend. Despite the gloom we did manage 2 north coast paddles.
On Saturday we headed west from Bonne Nuit along to Sorel and on the Sunday we headed east from Greve de Lecq towards Sorel.  We are hoping for a bit of sunshine over the next week or so (although its not looking that likely) but in spite of the weather we had a couple of good sea kayaking trips on the two days before Christmas.

North Coast
One of the largest industrial sites on the Island, the true scale can only really be appreciated from the sea.
North Coast
The old jetty for loading the rock onto ships, which no longer visit. The fascinating thing in this area is that Choughs have started to breed in this area in the last couple of years. The successful culmination of captive breeding programme co-ordinated by Jersey Zoo.
North Coast
The top of the television transmitter was drifting in and out the cloud. At the base of the cliffs near the transmitter are Wolf’s Caves which are always worth exploring.
North Coast
Circumnavigating Le Cheval Guillaume in the middle of Bonne Nuit Bay. Tradition states that people used to row around this rock in the hope of having some good fortune in the coming year.  Time will tell whether our circumnavigation will bring us good fortune in 2018, I would like to think that it will.
North Coast
The restorative work that has been carried out on the cliff face over the last year is clearly seen here. The cliff has crumbled during a storm on March 2016, placing some of the buildings above at risk of ending up on the rocks below
North Coast
The following day dawned just as grey but this morning we were heading out from Greve de Lecq. These channels between the reefs lead to a rather isolated beach, a great location for a summer picnic.
North Coast
Looking into Devil’s Hole, one of the most significant physical features along this section of coast. The low swell entering the cave created some interesting conditions for those paddlers who ventured furthest in.
North Coast
The swell was focusing on the headlands, some of which required a bit of extra care, when paddling around.
North Coast
Heading back along the north coast to Greve de Lecq and welcome Christmas Eve pint at the Moulin de Lecq. Janet and Jim were experiencing the waves in the Club double.

 

Sorel Lighthouse

Sorel Lighthouse
Sorel Lighthouse was built in 1938 and it currently has an alternating red and white flash every 7.5 seconds, warning mariners of the hazards of the north coast of Jersey and the offshore islets such as the Paternosters.
The headland is the most northerly point of the Island and on clear days,  there are great views of the Normandy coast as well as the other islands, including Alderney on days with extra special clarity.
For those interested in such things the exact location is 49° 15′ 36.3″ N  2° 9′ 32.8″ W
Sorel Lighthouse
Sorel Lighthouse is just visible towards the top of the photograph. Most days when kayaking in this area there will some swell present.