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Amble
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Approaching the Marina

Amble harbour is actually known as Warkworth Harbour and makes a great base for exploring the fabulous beaches and scenary of Northumberland. Local cruising highlights include:

  • Newton Haven (anchorage)
  • Farn Islands (anchorage in "the kettle")
  • Holy Island (anchorage)

Charts

British Admiralty
1627

Amble Tide Tables

Weather

Amble is on the East coast of England and therefore winds with some westerly component usually give rise to the best sailing conditions. Strong northerly or easterly winds can produce rough conditions and make the harbour entrance dangerous. High pressure in the summer can result in costal fog (known locally as see fret or haar).

Sources for weather reports:

  • Inshore Forecast for Berwick Upon Tweed to Whitby
  • Shipping Forecast for Tyne
  • Costal Forecast for Berwick Upon Tweed to Whitby
  • VHF: The coastguard broadcasts a forecast approximately every 4 hours after first announcing the channel to use on VHF 16

Passages

Destinations to the North
Destinations to the South

Islands

  • Coquet Island, Approximately 1nm ESE of Warkworth Harbour entrance

Communication

  • Amble Marina, VHF Channel 80

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The light house on Coquet Island (Fl(3) WR.30s 25m 21/16 Horn (1) 30s) lies approximately 1nm ESE of the entrance to Amble.

The simplest approach is from Alnmouth Bay to the north of the harbour, taking care to avoid a shallow area called Pan Bush (depth 0.9 meters) by keeping the light on the north pier (Fl.G.6s 12m 6M) on a bearing of between 190T and 225T.

When approaching from the south, care should be taken to avoid Hauxley Head which lies south of Coquet Island and extends 0.6nm offshore. The white sector of Coquet Island light house indicates you are clear of Hauxley Head. Keep at least 3 cables east and then 6 cables north of Coquet Island before heading west into Alnmouth Bay and following the northern approach, taking care to avoid Pan Bush.

Alternatively in calm conditions and with sufficient height of tide the unmarked channel between Coquet Island and Amble can be taken by keeping the light on Amble North Pier (Fl.G.6s 12m 6M) on a bearing of 300T. This line will take you over Podler Ware Spit (depth 0.9 meters) after which you should make for the port hand marker can and then harbour entrance, taking care to ensure that any southerly current across the harbour entrance does not carry you onto Pan Rocks to the south east of the entrance.

See Amble Tide Tables.

Amble Harbour Entrance

The harbour entrance has charted depth of 0.6 meters but this varies depending on silting and dredging. Only approaching when you have sufficient depth for the Marina (0.8 meters above chart datum) gives a reasonable margin unless conditions are particularly bad. If waves are breaking on Pan Bush then the entrance is considered dangerous and Blyth or River Tyne should be considered as alternative harbours.

Once inside the outer pier keep mid channel for half a cable and after the channel turns slightly south the best water is on the south side of the channel all the way up to the marina. Beware of a sand bank which extends from the disused wooden jetty on the north side of the harbour to about mid channel - keeping south close to the fishing boats moored against the harbour wall will keep you clear.

Waypoints:

Berthing

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Coquet Yacht Club (CYC), on south side of river 0.65 nm from harbour entrance. Visitors Welcome. Post: Coquet Yacht Club, The Braid, Amble, Northumberland NE65 0HH;
  • Amble Marina, on south side of river 0.46 nm from harbour entrance. Cill height 0.8 meters above chart datum. Visitor berths available. Email: marina@amble.co.uk; Tel: +44 (0) 1665 712168; Post: Amble Marina, Amble, Northumberland, NE65 0YP

Anchorages

Amenities

Facilities
Water Available from Amble Marina
Electricity Available from Amble Marina
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry Washing machine and dryer in Marina
Garbage Garbage disposal is available for visitors in the marina.
Supplies
Fuel Available from Amble Marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers
  • Amble Marina has a small chandlery
  • Storrar Marine has a more extensive supply of chandlery as well as a sail loft, but is 30 miles to the south
Services
Repairs
  • Amble Boat Company Ltd.has a hoist and repair facilities. Address: The Boatyard, 13 Coquet Street, Amble, Northumberland, NE65 0DJ. Telephone: +44(0)1665 710267, Fax: +44(0)1665 711354
  • The marina is in the process of building a boat hoist - due to open in 2018
Internet
  • WiFi avaibable from the Marina (free for 30mins then £3 a day)
  • Coquet Yacht Club also has WiFi
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

Amble high street is 2 minutes walk from the marina and 5 minutes from the harbour and includes a range of small to medium sized shops, including

Eating out

There are lots of great places to eat out in Amble, including:

  • The Old Boathouse- a fabulous sea food bistro situated at the west end of the harbour near the lifeboat station.
  • Fish Shack Amble - Quirky 'shack' at the east end of the main harbour wall. Great food.
  • Taj Mahal at the west end of the High Street.
  • Spurreli ice cream between the High Street and Harbour
  • Zecca, Italian, 47 the High Street

Transportation

  • Busses are run from Amble to Newcastle, Alnmouth Station and Alnmouth
  • Almmouth Station is 5 miles from Amble and on the East Coast Main Line with trains to Newcastle, London Edinburgh.
  • Newcastle International Airport is 32 miles away and can be reached by train from Newcastle.

Tourism

History

Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See United Kingdom.

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