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Watersports in North Wales

Watersports in North Wales

Sea kayaking at Colwyn Bay

Watersports in North Wales

In a nutshell. Water, water everywhere.

We’ve got saltwater in our veins!

There’s a strong sailing culture all along the coast – you’ll find sailing clubs and slipways everywhere, at places like Conwy, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Penmaenmawr.

Sailing is also popular inland at Llyn Brenig on Mynydd Hiraethog.

Its friendly club – the highest in North Wales – benefits from excellent wind conditions perfect for learners as well as competitive sailing.

The nearby Alwen Reservoir is a waterskiing venue.

Our harbours and marinas are varied and characterful.

At Conwy, there’s a salty old quayside in the shadow of a medieval castle.

There are also two modern marinas – at Conwy itself (500 berths) and across the estuary at Deganwy (165 berths).

Kinmel Bay and Rhos-on-Sea also have attractive little harbours.

Our sailing heritage comes to the fore at the Conwy River Festival.

Held each summer, this ‘celebratory festival of all water-based activities’ is a week of serious competition and shore-based fun.

Windsurfers, kitesurfers and canoeists like the conditions at Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr.

Conwy has become a popular stand-up paddleboarding centre, while Kinmel Bay attracts serious watersports enthusiasts (there’s a top-class kitesurfing centre here).

Colwyn Bay is back in the swim of things thanks to its brand-new Watersports Centre – Porth Eirias, which offers tuition in sailing, windsurfing and power boating, as well as kayak and canoe hire.

Jet ski-ing is popular in Colwyn Bay too, and you can enjoy sea kayaking all along the coast.

Tuition in powerboating and sailing is also available at North Wales Power and Sail, Deganwy.

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