Circumnavigations: Isle of Anglesey

The circumnavigation of Anglesey is a rewarding challenge that benefits from detailed planning. It is viewed as a classic trip and for many is a rite of passage. The wide variety of start locations when combined with the tidal phases gives many different options and opinions of when and where to go from. Good planning is required for a fast lap, but for a more relaxed outlook then 3-4 days is the norm - weather allowing! With impressive scenery, exposed coastline, tide races, wildlife, open crossings, the fast-flowing Menai Straits and of course the tides. This is the ultimate one-day circumnavigation, a sea kayaking challenge that should be on everyone's list.

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Isle of Anglesey

Route Distance: ~65 nm / 120 km
Prevailing direction: CW


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1K1MJohn Willacy09:24:0411-Sep-14Rockpool TaranYesCW
2K1MJohn Willacy09:54:4818-Apr-11Rockpool TaranYesCW
3(1)K1WJustine Curgenven10:08:4722-Jul-13Valley Rapier 18YesBlogCW
4K1MJohn Willacy10:12:1531-Mar-21Rockpool TaranYesCW
5K1MJohn Willacy10:24:5422-Aug-09RockpoolTaran(P'type)YesCW
6K1MJohn Willacy10:28:3814-Oct-12Rockpool TaranYesCW
7K1MJohn Willacy10:45:4010-Sep-06Nelo InukYesArticleCW
8K1MJohn Willacy11:12:4117-Oct-20Rockpool TaranYesCCW
9K1MDan McGonigle11:20:1820-Sep-16Rockpool Taran 16YesCW
10K1MJohn Willacy11:30:0029-Sep-05Nelo InukYesArticleCW
11(2)K1WEila Wilkinson12:18:4118-Sep-16SKUK PulseYesCW
12K1MJohn Willacy12:19:3817-Aug-20Rockpool Taran 16YesArticleCCW
13K1MSteve Miles12:23:0011-Sep-14Rockpool Taran 16--CW
14(3)K1WEila Wilkinson12:24:0009-Sep-10SKUK Pilgrim Expedition--CW
15K1MNick Arding12:30:3017-Jul-14Rockpool Taran--CW
16K1MElliot Goddard12:46:5316-Jul-21Rockpool Taran 16YesCW
17(4)K1WKate Duffus13:08:0015-Apr-10P+H Cetus LV--BlogCW
18K1MJames Stevenson13:25:0002-Jun-11SKUK Explorer--Link1CW
19K1MBarry Shaw13:36:0012-Aug-03SKUK Explorer--ReportCW
20K1M Guy Slater13:58:0004-Jun-12Rockpool Taran--BlogCW
21K1MBryan Dickinson14:32:0006-Jun-16Rockpool Alaw BachYesCW
22(5)K1WEila Wilkinson14:40:0016-Sep-08SKUK Explorer LV--CW
23K1MAxel Schoevers15:10:0028-Sep-14SKUK ExplorerYesBlogCW
24K1MGuy Slater16:09:0006-May-12Valley Nordkapp RM--BlogCW
25K1MPaul Griffiths3yrs 355 days18-Aug-12--BlogCW

25 solo paddlers.
CW = clockwise, CCW = counter-clockwise


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1TeamNick Arding
Petr Major
Norbert Ziober
12:57:3703-Aug-19Rockpool Taran?
SKUK Quantum

2TeamElan Winter
Stuart Yendle
13:05:3509-Sep-13P+H Cetus

3TeamDan McGonigle
Jonny Eldridge
13:14:0023-Jun-16Rockpool Taran 16

4K2Jim Krawiecki /
Peter Roscoe

5TeamJustine Curgenven
Fiona Whitehead
14:30:00?-Mar-02SKUK Romany

6TeamMatt Hawkins
Mark_'Baggy' Richards
16:30:0008-Sep-14P+H Cetus MV

7TeamEdward Doherty
James Doherty
17:09:2020-Sep-21Cape Falcon F1
Cape Falcon F1
8TeamGeorge Bazeley
John Chamberlin
Ian Tatam
18:00:0017/18-Aug-73Slalom_K1 Swift
Slalom_K1 Swift

9TeamBryan Dickinson
Jenny Wong
35:00:0024-Jun-18Rockpool Alaw Bach

10TeamColin Skeath
Katrina Skeath
~39:00:0006-Jun-15Old Town Penobscot

11TeamMike Chandler
John Willacy
2 days30-Jul-04P+H Quest

12TeamSarah Horton
Geth Roberts
3yrs 187 days02-Dec-19SKUK Romany

13TeamAlan Hughes
Don Roscoe
Ken Rudram


29 team paddlers in 13 teams


George Bazeley / John Chamberlin et al. (17/18-Aug-73)
From John Chamberlain: "This was the first non-stop kayak circumnavigation of Anglesey. (NB A year or two previously, Alan Hughes, Don Roscoe and Ken Rudram had circumnavigated the island, but had taken a 2-hour beach break on the way round.)"
Edward Doherty / James Doherty et al. (20-Sep-21)
Edward and James completed this lap of Anglesey in SOF kayaks they built themselves.
Paul Griffiths : (18-Aug-12)
Paul set out to complete the Anglesey Circumnav as an ongoing project in stages, as and when he could.
Alan Hughes / Don Roscoe et al. (71/72?)
Thought to be the first kayak circumnavigation of Anglesey.
Guy Slater : (06-May-12)
This was Guy's second attempt at the Anglesey Circumnavigation, his first attempt took 48 hours with two overnight camps. Quote: "...some more careful planning was clearly needed!"
Guy Slater : (04-Jun-12)
Armed with a new plan and a new boat, Guy returned to knock a further 2 hours off his PB.

Isle of Anglesey
38 completions -- 25 solo + 13 team + 0 escorted
54 paddlers in total (25 solo / 29 team / 0 escorted

Route Distance: ~65 nm / 120 km
Prevailing direction: CW
Recorded Start Points:
    • Beaumaris (1)
    • Borthwen (5)
    • Cable Bay (3)
    • Caernarfon (2)
    • Cemlyn Bay (3)
    • Llanddwyn (4)
    • Menai Bridge (2)
    • Newborough (1)
    • Penmon (1)
    • Penmon? (1)
    • Plas Menai (1)
    • Porth Dafarch (3)
    • Porth Nobla (1)
    • Porth Trecastell (1)
    • Rhoscolyn (4)
    • Soldier's Point (1)
    • xxx (4)

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