Wild Dunk: Kayaking at Oxwich Bay
Welcome to a new feature here at Parenting, Pastimes, and Prosecco. Dadi Skilts has decided to get on board with the blogging bandwagon and share his love of Wild Camping under the banner Wild Dunk. Thank you for stopping by and we hope you enjoy this first installment in which DS will review the area and equipment used. There are no affiliate links in this posts, just good old, heartfelt advice and opinions.
Known as Bae Oxwich in Welsh, Oxwich Bay is a stunning beach area on the south of the Gower Peninsula, Wales, UK. The sandy beach stretches for over 2 miles, featuring sand dunes, salt marshes and woodland.The area is a popular tourist spot where activities such as swimming and watersports including diving, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing can be enjoyed throughout the year. There is a public footpath along the cliffs from Oxwich Bay, around Oxwich Point, and to Port Eynon Bay. Buses run every couple of hours between Oxwich and Port Eynon.
The beach can be quite crowded during peak holiday season as one of the main facilities is the car park on the beach front. Allowing easy access for watersports enthusiasts as well as families setting up ‘camp’ for the day.
Access to the carpark is gated but open during season from 8am till Dusk although on the day this particular day the warden arrived at quarter past which is Welsh for 8. Everything here happens on a ‘now in a minute’ basis. The warden did say he normally walks his dog at about 7am and let's people in early, but apparently didn't have his key and had to go and get it. Parking costs £4 for the day with is a bargain for the area, and paying ensures upkeep of the facilities for long term future use.
Toilets and Shower.
Shop/Cafe open during peak season.
Dogs are welcome all year on leads.
Monday morning arrived at Oxwich Bay car park just before 8am, waited a short while for warden to open gates. 15 minutes is still 8am, Welsh time. Due to early hour had sole use of beach. It was rather windy and waves were quite a swell. The plan had been to kayak out into the bay and fish for a while, but didn't spend as long out on the water as planned or get any fishing done as the swell was quite high, so the fish were not biting. It was a good workout instead, keeping the kayak stable on the swell.
@Alpkit 20l dry bag, colour kelp. The dry bag fits perfectly under the bunge rear storage on the back of the kayak. In it this trip was:
Diabetic test kit
Food snacks and hypo recovery kit
The roll-top closure makes it quick and easy to gain access to contents. There is no zip to break and provides a reliable barrier to water penetration. Fully taped seams make the bag ideal in scenarios where you are exposed to the worst of the weather. Including spray deck breaking swells out on open water in Oxwich Bay.
Attachment points along the sides of the bags and one on the base make for an incredibly versatile piece of kit. They can be attached to a bike or motorbike or simply left in the boot of your car for storing all your emergency essentials.
- 320D TPU Taslan Nylon
- Flat measurement: 67 cm x 32 cm
- Rolled length: 56 cm
- Rolled circumference: 73 cm
- Weight: 190 g
On return to the car a nice relaxing mug of hot tea is called for before heading home again. When out and about on a day's hiking or more serious wild camps a must have in any prepper's toolbox is the JETBOIL ZIP COOKING SYSTEM - CARBON | ZPCB PERSONAL COOKING SYSTEM.
A simple and easy-to-use cooking system, featuring the same FluxRing® technology. The Jetboil Zip provides hot food and drinks quickly and conveniently when needed the most. The Zip is so compact and lightweight, it can be kept on hand for day trips close to home and overnight adventures alike.
In future articles we will look at every prepper's dream bug out kit, as well as sleeping bags and packs for every occasion. If there is a particular topic/scenario/kit you would like to see featured get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you wild camp? Would you like to guest post? Join the discussion. We welcome comments and feedback or find us on social media #WildDunk.