ABERDARON BAY

ABERDARON is a small village at the end of the Lleyn Peninsular.  Launching is possible with the aid of a tractor or four-wheel drive vehicle.  Local launching can also be arranged but the beach surface is very soft and it is not possible to launch with  cars. For socialising, there a couple of excellent local pubs close to the beach and good food is easily available. Camping and touring caravan facilities (& RIB parking) are to be had approximately 1 mile outside the village towards Hells Mouth, at Morfa Mawr Farm - phone Karen Roberts on 01758 760264 for details. Karen is well used to dealing with divers - this is where Chris and Les Holden stay (The Essential Underwater Guide to North Wales). If you are hungry while at Aberdaron try eating at the Gegin Fawr in the centre of the village. Ken and Edwina Fitzpatrick are sure to give you a welcome here and Ken being the local harbourmaster, can answer all your maritime queries on local tides.

Aberdaron Bay is open to South-Westerly winds and there are exposed rocks at low water.  Holding ground is very good with a firm bottom consisting of sand/shingle/clay.  A bruce anchor holds extremely well, but take care when approaching the beach because of the large isolated rocks that could catch you out and destroy your propellor (or sink you!).

The wreck of the vessel once thought to be the 'Priscilla' lies along the Eastern half of the beach in a depth of 5-7 metres. Now known to be the 'Glenocum', this wreck is plentiful in marine life and is an ideal novice or training dive. The bow of the wreck is still intact and easily identifiable - if you lie on the sea-bed below it and look up it actually looks like a ship!.  A large conger lives in the lower section of the boiler openings and is friendly enough to be hand fed with care. GPS position on OSGB datum is 52 48.043N 004 42.560W.

Under the starboard hull of the wreck are some very pretty colourful striped prawns. If anyone knows the species name for these, please email it to me after you have seen them.

Bardsey is easily reached from Aberdaron, but severe overfalls can exist off the Western headland of Aberdaron Bay and the current in Bardsey Sound exceeds 7 knots on big Springs.  If the Weather makes Bardsey unattainable, the two islands off the Eastern end of the bay  - Ynys Gwylan Fawr and Ynys Gwylan Fach - provide an excellent alternative with rich sea-life and scallop beds at a depth of 15 metres to shoreward of the islands.  Early military shells or bombs (no gas seal bands) have been seen on the floor of the sound between these islands and the mainland and should be left alone. Although some of these are thought to be inert lead practice shells divers need to be aware that explosives recovered from underwater, if allowed to dry, will develop a coating of unstable Nitrate salts. This microscopic coating is highly unstable and can cause spontaneous detonation of the main explosive mass. (You have been warned!)

 

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