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North West England and North Wales Cruising Guide

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The North West England and North Wales Cruising Guides cover the area from Anglesey in the west up to Cumbria in the north and include the Isle of Man.

This is an interesting cruising area with plenty of navigational challenges to keep you on your toes.  Large tidal ranges and strong tidal streams, along with shifting sandbanks and numerous wind farms, mean that good passage planning and pilotage are essential.  However, your efforts will be rewarded with some stunning scenery and interesting ports and harbours to visit.

Holyhead provides the gateway to this cruising area and from here you can visit the beautiful Menai Strait, and take on the notorious Swellies, or the fascinating walled town of Conwy dominated by its castle.  Liverpool has so much to offer that it is worth taking a few days to really make the most of this vibrant maritime city.  From here you can cruise northwards up the coast of Lancashire, calling in at Preston, Fleetwood or Glasson Dock in Morecambe Bay, then onwards to Cumbria and the attractive Georgian town of Whitehaven.  Alternatively, cross to the Isle of Man and explore the coast of this beautiful island, with marinas in the capital Douglas and Peel on the west coast.

North West England and North Wales Charts

There are a number of useful chart packs or folios covering North West England and North Wales from both the Admiralty and Imray, offering significant savings on the purchase of individual charts.

Admiralty
SC5609          North West Wales including Menai Strait (Small Craft Folio)
SC5613Irish Sea - Eastern Part (Small Craft Folio)

Imray
2700              North and West Wales Chart Pack

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Related Resources

Cruising Guides

UK Cruising Guide



North West and North Wales Destinations

Conwy Cruising Guide

Douglas Cruising Guide

Fleetwood Cruising Guide

Glasson Dock Cruising Guide

Holyhead Cruising Guide

Liverpool Cruising Guide

Menai Strait Cruising Guide

Peel Cruising Guide

River Ribble Cruising Guide

Whitehaven Cruising Guide


Recommended Books

Cruising Anglesey and Adjoining Waters
Ralph Morris
This excellent pilot guide is widely considered the definitive guide to cruising this interesting area.  Contains many clear chartlets to help you navigate safely.

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