MARITIME INFORMATION ON THE LLEYN PENINSULAR

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Pwllheli Marina

Pwllheli Marina can be entered at all states of tide except in the case of deep draught vessels (approx. over 1 metre) when care should be taken close to Spring L.W. Pwllheli Sailing Club offers hospitality to visiting yachtsmen and hosts regular sailing events.


Bardsey Island has a small bay with limited depth on the Eastern side and to the North of the lighthouse, offering total shelter from Westerly winds. Rocks are present if you enter too far into the bay and at least one dangerous rock is present on the edges of the approach. A small landing cove exists to the North of this small bay where tourist boats drop off island visitors.


Bardsey sound has tidal flow up to 7 knots on Spring tides and slack water (sound) occurs approximately 2 1/4 hours after low water Bardsey Island. Overfalls to the S.W.of Barsdey over Caswenan Rock and to the East over the Devil's Ridge can be extremely dangerous in adverse weather conditions.

Chris Holden's book "The Essential Underwater Guide to North Wales - Vol 1 ", although written for divers, gives tidal information, launch sites and an impressive amount of information for coastal lovers. Families or snorkellers wanting small coves for peace and quiet away from launching vehicles will also find them here. Chris now has Volume 2 out which covers Anglesey.

Hells Mouth bay, situated some 2 miles from Abersoch, is well known for it's good 'waves' attracting surfers from all over the U.K.  The bay measures four miles across and although good for surfers, it can be dangerous for swimmers due to the undertow on the beach.


Alternate surfing sites are Porth Ceiriad and Whistling Sands (Porth Oer).  Both these bays offer good surfing in conditions that may be wrong for Hell's Mouth. Web-cams are avalable on Abersoch.co.uk.

Aberdaron Bay has the wreck of the 'Glenocum' (originally thought to be the 'Priscilla') which is an excellent low current dive for novices, with maximum depth of 8 metres. An extremely large and hungry conger eel lives inside the boiler fire-box on the wreck (Has been regularly hand-fed by divers, but take care!) and some very pretty striped prawns line themselves up along the gaps in the top edge of the hull cose to the boiler.

 


 

Chris's Book (Above)

 

Aberdaron Bay

'Glenocum' shown as red star.

GPS 52 48.025'N 004 42.550'W

 

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Abersoch
 

Abersoch Bay offers good holding but there are heavy ground chains from existing and old moorings than can foul and trap an anchor. It is advisable to use a tripping line anywhere in the vicinity of the moorings. Good shelter is afforded for all wind directions except N.E through to S.E. as the bay faces East.

Large surf can make launching and recovery difficult during Easterly winds. The bay is popular with windsurfers.

Abersoch has an inner harbour that dries out and the passage past the inner harbour leads to a small creek where very shallow drafted boats can remain afloat, although they may have insufficient water in the entrance channel to return to the sea.

Abersoch Boatyard has yard facilities on the side of the creek with a well-stocked chandlery above in the village high street. Also to be found are specialist surf shops where boards and other surfing kit can be bought or hired.

The South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club overlooks the Norothern end of Traeth Mawr (Big Beach), while at the Southern end is John Roberts's privately owned boatyard with Winter storage facilities for smaller boats and public parking close by. Sadly, John passed away this September (2009). A less used access point to the beach is to be found here at the far end of Abersoch Golf Course.

Snorkelling and novice diving requires sheltered waters and these can be found in Porth Ysgadyn on the Northern side of the Lleyn Peninsular with a maximum depth of 7 metres in the bay itself.  Good snorkelling is also to be found on the Eastern end of Porth Ceiriad.(2 miles from Abersoch)

Aberdaron Bay has excellent holding ground, but there are large exposed rocks at low water, so care is needed if close to the sandy beach. Two offshore islands Ynys Gwylan Fawr and Ynys Gwylan Fach give excellent diving.

Gwynedd Council has a harbourmaster at Pwllheli and can also advise on pleasure boat registration and insurance requirements necessary if intending to use council launch sites. The council harbourmaster can be reached on 01758 704081

 

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