UK Circ – Round Britain Trip Summary

By Paul Caffyn


A summary taken from Paul Caffyn’s records showing the paddling legs and daily distances of the first UK Circumnavigation in 1980.   PSK


5 May – 28 July 1980   85 days   2,305 miles
Paddlers: Paul Caffyn (NZ) and Nigel Dennis (GB)
Support Crew: Lesley Hadley (NZ)
Kayaks: HM model Nordkapps (extended keel stern)

r/d = rest day
w/b = weatherbound day

Day Date From – To Mileage Cum. Tally
1 05-May Holyhead – Church Bay – Cemlyn Bay (Anglesey) 12 12
2 06-May Cemlyn Bay – Bull Bay (Anglesey) 7 19
3 07-May  Bull Bay – Penmon – Colwyn Bay – Rhyl Beach (Wales) 36 55
4 08-May Rhyl Beach – Point of Ayr – Wallasey – Formby CG station 31 86
5 09-May Formby CG Station – Blackpool – Rossall Point – Barrow on Furness 43 129
6 10-May Barrow on Furnes – Bootle CG Station – Seascale – Whitehaven 37 166
7 11-May Rest Day 0 166 r/d 1
8 12-May Whitehaven – Mullock Bay – Isle of Whithorn (Scotland) 39 205
9 13-May Isle of Whithorn – Monreith Bay – Port Logan 35 240
10 14-May Port Logan – Port Patrick – Ballantrae 33 273
11 15-May Ballantrae – Ailsa Crag – South End, Carskey Bay 39 312
12 16-May Southend, Carskey Bay – Macrahanish – Mousdale – Ronachan Bay 40 352
13 17-May Ronachan Bay – Carsaig Bay – Asknish Bay 39 391
14 18-May Asknish Bay – Oban – Kilchoan 48 439
15 19-May Kilchoan – Fascadale Bay – Glenacross 32 471
16 20-May Glenacross – Kyle of Lochalsh – Camusteel 38 509
17 21-May Camusteel – Applecross 2 511
18 22-May Applecross – Red Point 17 528
19 23-May Red Point – Big Sand 7 535
20 24-May Big Sand – Opinian – Reiff 33 568
21 25-May Reiff – Cluas Deas – Scourie 26 594
22 26-May Scourie – Kinlochbervie – Cape Wrath – Durness 39 633
23 27-May Weather Bound day 0 633 w/b 1
24 28-May Durness – Talmine – Tubeg (Skerray Bay) 20 653
25 29-May Skerray Bay (Tubeg) – Melvich Bay (Portskerra) – Scrabster 32 685
26 30-May Scrabster – Duncansby Head – Keiss – Wick 39 724
27 31-May Wick – Lybster Bay – Helmsdale 34 758
28 01-Jun Helmsdale – Brora – Tarbet Ness – Newtown 38 796
29 02-Jun Newtown – Spey Bay – Sandend Bay 29 825
30 03-Jun Sandend Bay – Banff –  Pennan – Rattray – Peterhead 48 873
31 04-Jun Peterhead 0 873 w/b 2
32 05-Jun Peterhead – Collieston – Aberdeen- Cowie (near Stonehaven) 42 915
33 06-Jun Cowie (near Stonehaven) – Bervie Bay – Fishtown of Usan – Arbroath 34 949
34 07-Jun Arbroath 0 949 w/b 3
35 08-Jun Arbroath – Fife Ness – North Berwick 35 984
36 09-Jun North Berwick,Dunbar –  CG Stn  – St Abb’s – Marshall Meadows 37 1021
37 10-Jun Marshall Meadows – Bamburgh – Craster – Amble 42 1063
38 11-Jun Amble 0 1063 w/b 4
39 12-Jun Amble 0 1063 w/b 5
40 13-Jun Amble – Newbiggin Bay – Tynemouth 27 1090
41 14-Jun Tynemouth 0 1090 w/b6
42 15-Jun Tynemouth 0 1090 w/b 7
43 16-Jun Tynemouth – Dene Mouth – Tees Mouth 31 1121
44 17-Jun Tees Mouth – Staithes – Whitby – Cayton Bay 40 1161
45 18-Jun  Cayton Bay – Flamborough Head -Bridlington – Tunstall 45 1206
46 19-Jun Tunstall – Easington – Spurn Head 19 1225
47 20-Jun Spurn Head 0 1225 w/b 8
48 21-Jun Spurn Head – weather 0 1225 w/b 9
49 22-Jun Spurn Head – Mablethorpe – Skegness 32 1257
50 23-Jun Skegness – Scolt Point – Clay on Sea – Cromer 46 1303
51 24-Jun Cromer – Happisburgh 41 1344
52 25-Jun Happisburgh – Dunwich – Thorpeness 23 1367
53 26-Jun Thorpeness – Felixstowe – Clacton-on-Sea 36 1403
54 27-Jun Clacton-on-Sea 0 1403 w/b 10
55 28-Jun Clacton-on-Sea 0 1403 w/b 11
56 29-Jun Clacton-on-Sea – Reculver – Margate 37 1440
57 30-Jun Margate – Deal – Dover 26 1466
58 01-Jul Dover – Folkestone – Hythe 13 1479
59 02-Jul Hythe – Dungeness – Cliff End – Langney Point (Eastbourne) 44 1523
60 03-Jul Langney Point (Eastbourne) – Seaford – Brighton – Shoreham 29 1552
61 04-Jul Shoreham – Worthing 5 1557
62 05-Jul Worthing – Bognor Regis – East Wittering – Portsmouth 35 1592
63 06-Jul Rest day at Portsmouth 0 1592 r/d 2
64 07-Jul Portsmouth – Milford on Sea – Southbourne – Swanage 46 1638
65 08-Jul Swanage – Kummeridge Bay – Ringstead Bay – Chesil Beach 34 1672
66 09-Jul Chesil Beach – West Bay – Lyme Regis – Beer 33 1705
67 10-Jul Beer – Budleigh-Salterton – Teignmouth – St Mary’s Bay – Beesands 45 1750
68 11-Jul Beesands – Hope Cove – Rame Head 33 1783
69 12-Jul Rame Head 0 1783 w/b 12
70 13-Jul Rame Head – West Looe – Talland Bay 46 1829
71 14-Jul Talland Bay> Fowey Hbr> Swanpool Bch>Falmouth – Kennack Sands 45 1874
72 15-Jul Kennack Sands – Mousehole – Sennen Cove –  sth. of St. Ives 50 1924
73 16-Jul Near St.Ives – Portreath – Fistral Beach – Harlyn Bay 39 1963
74 17-Jul Harlyn Bay – Port Isaac – Boscastle Harbour 18 1981
75 18-Jul Boscastle Harbour 0 1981 w/b 13
76 19-Jul Boscastle Harbour 0 1981 w/b 14
77 20-Jul Boscastle Harbour 0 1981 w/b 15
78 21-Jul Boscastle – Hartland Point – Clovelly – Ilfracombe 53 2034
79 22-Jul Ilfracombe – Worms Head – Tenby 46 2080
80 23-Jul Tenby – Broad Haven – Freshwater West Bay 23 2103
81 24-Jul Freshwater West Bay – The Anvil – St Justinian – Bryhenllan 44 2147
82 25-Jul Bryhenllan – Aberporth – New Quay 30 2177
83 26-Jul  New Quay – Aberystwyth – Tywyn – Abersoch 57 2234
84 27-Jul Abersoch – Penrhyn Colmon –  Trevor – Trearddur Bay 59 2293
85 28-Jul Trearddur Bay – Holyhead 12 2305

85 days start to finish
15 weatherbound & 2 rest days = 17
68 paddling days
all up average = 27.1 mpd
paddling day average = 33.9 mpd
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Thankyou to Paul Caffyn for kindly providing access to his records.   PSK 2016