Look beyond the typical South coast boating bases and there are plenty of welcoming harbours that offer some delightful experiences
Menai and Conwy Bay
The Menai Strait is the narrow tidal passage between Anglesey and the north-west edge of Wales. The south part is littered with sandbanks and you enter near HW.
Soon you reach Caernarfon on the east side, where Victoria Dock has snug pontoons. The channel narrows past the National Outdoor Centre and then Port Dinorwic Marina.
The most notorious stretch is the Swellies, between the Menai rail and road bridges, where the tide seethes over drying shoals.
If this all sounds rather dramatic, these are fascinating waters once you know them. The best marina bases are in the Conwy River, seven miles east of the top end of Menai.
Conwy Quays Marina is on the west bank with Deganwy Quays opposite. The attractive river has beaches lining the entrance and an open golf course behind Conwy Quays.
Getting there: Conwy is 70 miles west from M6 J20, while the train takes 3-4 hrs from Euston or 2-3 hrs from Birmingham.