North Wales


The area described on this page is covered by the following Admiralty charts:

1826 Irish Sea Eastern Part 1:200,000
1978 Great Ormes Head to Liverpool 1:75,000

The area described on this page is covered by the following Imray Charts:

C52 North Wales & Anglesey  
C62 Irish Sea (covers the entire costs described in the Cruising Notes)  

When cruising along this section of the coast be aware that a wind farm, consisting of 30 turbines, has been established about 5 miles Offshore between Rhyl and Prestatyn. More ...

Abergele Roads

Temporary anchorage in 2 - 4 metres in S'ly winds.

Colwyn Bay

Reefs extend from the foreshore particularly on the west side of the bay. A better spot to anchor to west of Raynes and Lysfaen jetties. Here the foreshore is cleaner and shoals gradually. Motoring in this area toward a suitable depth for anchoring noticed that the bottom appeared to shoal uniformly and gradually except for one isolated sounding which indicated 1m less water.

Llandudno Bay

There is about 3 m to seaward of the pier but the holding is poor in shingle. An alternative anchorage is in about 4m under the cliffs of Little Ormes Head.


An attractive estuary with several options for berthing. The channel is liable to shift but 09/03 the entrance could be found by making for the fairway buoy, from which position, heading 120T leads to the outermost port hand mark in the channel. The buoys are lit making entry practical during the hours of darkness. Visitors best advised to restrict usage of the channel to between HW-3 to HW+2hr. Not recommended in strong NW winds.

Just south of Conwy marina there is a pontoon attached to a jetty providing access ashore at all states of the tide.

        Conwy Marina

Call "Conwy Marina" on VHF channel 80 for berth availability and information concerning the sill gate. The office is manned 24hrs.

Green lights on poles either side indicate that the sill gate is lowered - check gauge on starboard hand post when entering. Keep to starboard on entry and exit, and try to pass other vessels beyond the sill.

Intercom/keypad controls access onto pontoons and into marina building. Diesel available from 0700hrs to 2359 hrs. Fuel berth near entrance.

Pontoons from A to G with A nearest the entrance. Even numbers on south side of each, odd numbers on north side. About 1 mile walk from the marina into Conwy itself.

Holding pontoon just outside marina.

Conwy cruising club operate a water taxi service between Conwy marina and Conwy town's waterfront, and between Conwy and Deganwy. VHF Channel 37.

        Above are views of Conwy marina from the S side.


       View of marina from NW.

       25 for a 32ft boat overnight (Sep 03).

On north side of marina, it is possible to walk along a sandy foreshore or the dune edges adjacent to the golf course to get a view of the channel around low water - when some of the sand banks near the channel will be seen.

Conwy River

Further within the estuary pontoons are provided - harbour masters office is at southern end of the quay to which the pontoon is attached. Conwy is a walled town. Plenty of places to eat and drink, obtain provisions etc.

All facilities of a small town; cafes, fish and chip shops/takeaways, Indian restaurant, newsagents, hairdressers, clothes shops, mini-markets, jewellers, etc ...

Interest: Conwy Castle, Britain's smallest house, Telford Suspension Bridge, Snowdon Mountain Railway. Portmerrion miniature village.

Telford Suspension Bridge

The Smallest House In Britain

(Images by Paul O'Brien).


On the east side of the estuary lies the village of Deganwy, where a marina development is in progress. For more detail .