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Lighthouses, Cliffs and Caves

Course Overview

A weekend sea paddling holiday. With the emphasis on paddling experience not skills development, our coaches will take you on a tour of some of the most memorable paddling spots the North Wales coast has to offer. A great chance to enjoy breathtaking views and natural wildlife from the tranquility of a sea kayak. An excellent course for those who have been on our 'Discover Sea Kayaking' or 'Introduction to Sea Kayaking' courses.

Experience Required

some sea paddling experience and able to perform a confident capsize.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

 Who is it for?
This course is aimed at paddlers with sea kayaking experience in tidal waters. You should already have sea kayak control skills, and be able to:

  • Paddle a sea kayak heading into, across and down a moderate wind

  • Paddle a straight course and turn the boat using edge control and lean rather than merely paddle strokes

  • Be confident to capsize and exit a kayak when using a spray deck

Course Content
Once we have got used to the boats and assessed the group's needs, we will undertake journeys by sea kayak. This is a practical course, with the emphasis on gaining experience. As always, our coaches will be happy to share their thoughts and decisions along the way. Whilst journeying, you may therefore gain valuable insight into:

  • Sea kayak handling skills

  • Weather prediction & awareness

  • Route planning

  • Tidal planning and navigation

  • Safety

  • Equipment

The programme obviously depends on weather and sea conditions. However all coaching will be based around coastal journeys and crossings.

Useful Books

Useful Books
The following books may be of interest to you before or after you come on the course:

Canoe and Kayak handbook BCU publication
Sea Kayaking                    by John Dowd
Sea Kayak Navigation         by Franco Ferrero
Sea Kayaking                    by Nigel Foster

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Kayak or canoe hire
    Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Thin fleeces/thermals/rash vest for going under a wetsuit

  • Swimming costume/trunks

  • Wetsuit boots (or training shoes you're happy to get wet)

  • Wetsuit socks to wear with wetsuit boots/training shoes if cold

  • Warm clothes for when you get off the water

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Towel

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • High factor sun screen

  • Midge repellant

  • Notebook and pen

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores free of charge so you don't need to rush out and buy them.

  • Wetsuit

  • Paddling cag

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Dry bag

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

Our equipment stores stock wetsuits socks which you can purchase if you find you need them during your course

Customer Reviews For This Course

Excellent two days


Another excellent weekend. Lighthouses, cliffs and caves all seen and ticked off, along with seals, guillemots, razorbills, puffins, ganets, shags, fulmars and the set of a soap opera all in unbroken sunshine. Who could ask for more?

Memorable but not enough!


I had such a great time on this course, I'm sure that it will remain a fond memory for some time. Everything was good, friendly people in the bar (important) and on the course, great instructor who was fun and amazing sea kayaking in the hot sunshine! We saw lots of sea birds and a seal nibbled on the end of my kayak and followed for a short while which was possibly the highlight although this is hard to choose as there was a lot of lovely moments. The only point of development is time on the water (which is the only reason i can't give 5 stars). This was very limited with kit sorting, travel to the coast etc. The centre needs to be more flexible for this course eg. make exception to collect kit night before or early start before breakfast to collect kit and have the briefing and furthermore earlier start on the Sunday perhaps. Thanks for such a memorable and fun weekend though, really inspiring.

A lovely, invigorating weekend

Sally Carr

I really enjoyed the weekend. The group were all of a reasonable standard which meant that we could be a bit more adventurous than I was expecting (which was good). We saw one working lighthouse and one more that was no longer functioning, lots of cliffs - with lots of sea-birds, including peregrines - and plenty of caves. So we couldn't ask for our money back. On day two we paddled from Red Dwarf Bay to Puffin Island and then came ashore after going through some "exciting" water. It was nice to do a one-way trip. Adam and Ben were fun to be with, led us well and showed good appreciation for our abilities. I'll probably do it again sometime. I also loved being back at PyB, having not come for a while. Love the new en-suite rooms!

My intro to sea kayaking

Martyn Hodgson

I'd done an intensive 6 month training through the scouts to get 2 star but was keen to try sea kayaking as I felt it was more my kind of thing with the weather, tides & navigation thrown in to the mix.
Very enjoyable with seas at up to force 3 with a stretch of force 4 - tested me to my limit.
Leaders Adam and Ben had good judgement of the conditions and group - made me glad to be in a group as I wouldn't have had the experience to know how to read the tides and winds.

What a Superb Weekend

Chris Humphris

The course provided what it says in the title plus more. On Saturday we saw the cave cliffs and lighthouse plus porpoises as we paddled along the Anglesey coast in lovely weather and a fairly calm sea.
On Sunday we visited Puffin Island and saw lots of wildlife including a young seal which played amongst our kyaks.
The return via an increased swell gave an exhilerating finale.
We had two excellent instructors - a superb weekend.

fantastic introduction to Kayak touring

Hernan Morillo

I tried some river kayaking in the past (flat water) but always liked the idea of sea kayaking / touring. A small group of 6 and two instructors made up our mini expedition. We set off to explore a section of the north coast of Anglessey. Sea birds, seals, dolphins, caves,squeezing between rocky outcrops, it was all great fun. Emphasis on touring not so much teaching. The instructors are always keen to share tips and advice. Safety, planning and equipment are (as usual) excellent.
I would recommend this course to anyone who is comfortable in a kayak and wants to enjoy a leisurely tour observing marine life, birds etc. The intructors are very good at assessing the group's capability and paddling competence and tailor the days accordingly.
I will definitely be back for more. My next course will probably be rough water handling.

Fantastic Weekend!


This was my first course at PYB, Even thought I had very little paddling experience & never been on the sea, I enjoyed it so much, seeing the wildlife, furthering my paddling skills etc

I think as long as your confident with being on the water - you dont need much if any experince on the sea before- this is the course for you plus the instructors are very patient & friendly.

see you again soon!!!

Great Wildlife!!!!

Keith Wilbraham

Thank you I had a great weekend on this course.
Day one we paddled round Puffin Island there were no Puffins but lots of seals very close to us basking on the rocks and swimming very close to our kayaks, at times within touching distance. There were also a huge variety of sea birds which you could get much closer to than on land.

Day 2
Paddled from Benllech to Moelfre for lunch and back, another enjoyable days paddling.

Overall a really great weekend, good company, great weather.
Pete and the other staff really made it a memorable weekend.

Awesome Weekend

Mark Knight

Just a quick note to tell people what a fantastic two day course this is. Having completed the introduction to Sea Kayaking some months ago this stood out as the next rung on the Sea Kayaking ladder. We weren't disappointed. Despite the weather being foul at P.Y.B (no surprise there) and a South westerly blowing a force 4 - 5 gale on the coast, our instructor Carl found two reletively sheltered areas for us to Kayak around. Caves, cliffs and wildlife were certainly in abundance on the northern coast of Anglesey and whilst we didn't get to see a lighthouse it certainly didn't detract from a fantastic weekend on the waves.
If, like me you enjoy being able to get to all the little coves and caves, normally out of reach from the land, you'll love these two days.
For anyone who is new to the sport, do the introduction course first as the emphasis of the cliffs and caves course is on exploring the coastline and not so much on developing your paddling skills. That said, two days paddling in the wind and the currents off North Wales can't fail to improve your skills.
As ever, the instructors and staff at P.Y.B were fantastic, ditto the food and accomodation. What more can i say.
Guess i'd better start saving for the 5 day Hebridean expedition.

1 x Lighthouse , Caves and cliffs, Sea Birds........

Dave Tonkin

Had a good weekend paddling in the waters around Anglesey. As the course said we saw a lighthouse, some cliffs and caves. Some facts and figures from the two trips we did :- Saturday

  • Trip from Porth Eilian to Bull Bay Distance 9.71K
  • Average speed 2.35knots
  • Max speed 6.26knots
  • 2 x caves
  • 1 x Lighthouse
  • Lunch spot - Amlwych port
  • Total trip time - 4Hr 7min
  • Weather warm
  • sea calm.


  • Trip down Menai Strait from Menai Bridge to Y Felinheni
  • Average speed 3.1Km/h
  • Max speed 8.6 Knots
  • Islands, Sea Birds, speed boats !
  • Good flow and eddies to play in.
  • Lunch spot 100mtr downstream of Britannia Bridge
  • Total trip distance 11.1k
  • Weather warm, heavy rain for latter part of trip

Good paddling, good company with great guiding by Rosemary and Karl.

1 lighthouse, many caves and some seals


Had a good weekend paddling in the waters around anglesea.

As the course said we saw a lighthouse, some cliffs and many caves. What wasnt told about was the seals. Some really rude seals decided to make an appearance on the Sunday and scare my tranquil paddle. Who on earth wants big things with sharp teeth who smell of fish paddling with you????

We were really lucky as we left the rain behind us and paddled in beautiful sunshine all day.

Great chill out paddling weekend

Great weekend!

Alan Pedlar

Saturday was hard work...the wind was quite high by my standard, but now I feel a lot more confident in heavy swell + thanks to Ben for persuading me to leave my heavy paddle behind on day 2!

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