Kayaking around Anglesey
For added fun just add water
Water, water everywhere. Being an island with a 125-mile coastline means that Anglesey has no shortage of places to get yourself exhilaratingly wet.
Windsurfers, kite surfers, sea kayakers
, coasteerers. They’re all helping to make Anglesey arguably the UK’s top destination for watersports. In fact you’ll see more wetsuits than sandcastles on some of our beaches.
Places like Rhosneigr, undisputed wavehead capital of Anglesey. A long sandy beach exposed to westerly winds where Dave “Bucky” Buckland dispenses hot tea and words of wisdom from his Funsport
surf shop. And former British champ Alex Tritten runs a kitesurfing school
alongside his coffee shop and crêperie.
Or places like Holy Island on the western tip of Anglesey. Aficionados say it rivals any sea paddling destination in the world. Nigel Dennis of Holyhead-based Sea Kayaking UK
certainly thinks so.
And he should know. The first man to circumnavigate Britain in a kayak, he’s also led expeditions to Easter Island, Antarctica and around Cape Horn.
“The tide flows at four to six knots around Anglesey’s coast, which creates large seas in certain areas, he says. “That is what kayakers want for improving their skills although the general public would think they were mad.”
Not all of them, however, are the sort of daredevils who fancy tackling the awesome tidal races off North and South Stack. For other more mild-mannered folk the attraction is not so much the adrenalin as the closeness to nature and sense of independence.
With kayaks containing everything from bilge pumps and compasses to a tent, sleeping bags and even a stove, you can start paddling – and just keep going. At whatever pace takes your fancy.
“This is a sport you can do at all levels. If you like, you can save yourself for nice flat summer days and still be paddling in your 60s or 70s,” says Nigel. “You can get into tremendous remote areas that you can’t reach any other way, the people you meet are pretty special and you don’t have to pay to go onto the water.”
If that sounds appealing, or you’d like to try coasteering or diving off one of our thousand wrecks - or windsurfing with Bucky come to that - just get in touch.
We have the experts. We have the wetsuits. And we have lots and lots of water for you to play in.