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Amble (Warkworth Harbour)

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Flag, Red Ensign


Off entrance 55:20'.4 N 001:34'.1 W .


Admiralty 1627

Rules & Regulations

4 mph speed limit in Harbour


AVOID 55:20'.536N 001:33'.567W Pan Bush, breaking seas / shallows near Entrance.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover +0412 MHWS 5.0m MHWN 3.9m MLWN 1.9 MLWS 0.8m   (links)

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General Description

Amble, sometimes known by its other name Warkworth Harbour, is a small town that developed on the northern edges of the Northumberland coalfield. It's main purpose was exporting locally mined coal, a trade that declined after the war and dried up completely in the 60s. It's an attractive place for the sailor with Coquet Island just offshore, good coastal scenery and the historic Warkworth close by.  The Pan Bush shallows in the approach mean the visiting yachtsman or motorboater needs to take care.

It is nowadays host to a small fishing fleet and a sizeable number of pleasure craft based at the Marina or on drying moorings.

For the small boat navigator the harbour is easy to identify from seawards because of the above-mentioned island, but this can cause it's own the navigational hazards as can the shallow patch Pan Bush lurking more or less in the harbour approach. In strong onshore conditions or heavy swell seas break over Pan Bush and in the approaches to the harbour. In these conditions small craft need to keep well clear. ... read more


Trinity House, a good few years back, removed all the coastal buoyage from the Northumberland coast, which have made the approaches to Amble (especially from the South) somewhat more tricky. Any kind of approach from the South involves dealing with Coquet Island.

The petrified mariner (who generally lives to be an old petrified mariner) will set his course well to seawards of Coquet Island, before making his turn inwards to the harbour. He will also allow plenty of clearance to the rocky ledges and shallow patches projecting from the north of the island.

Full pilotage directions now follow: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The first length of quay you come across (Broomhill Quay) on your port side is used by fishing boats, this is followed by the inlet to a small drying dock for local cobles. Next on your port side is Radcliff Quay followed by the entrance to Amble Marina.

You have two choices of berthing here; you can use the marina or tie up at Broomhill Quay as a guest of the HM. There's plenty of water at the quay but the facilities are limited to public toilets and water; depending on where you are tied up there may be shore power.  We have no reports of how topside friendly that new quay is and, of course, there may be a fair surge in a NE blow. The charge for up to 10 metres is about £20:00. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 28th Mar 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2017. The work on Broomhill Quay is complete and it looks pretty topside friendly - they will take boats here but it is fairly unusual as most boats opt for the marina where the facilities are much better. The note below that the inside passage is "easy" may be the case but Barbados Billy is fairly experienced; if in any doubt go round the long way!!
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Amble is just great.
Written by Barbados Billy | 25th Sep 2016
After a bash up the coast it is always nice to reach Amble. I have been a few times now and it is always a good experience. The staff are really helpful with advice and where to get stuff they haven't got. I needed some new batteries and the local motor factor delivered them to the marina within the hour. The chandlery is perhaps not a well stocked at it once was but that is the way now with online shopping. Food is a short walk away and there are a few pubs to choose from. Access is easy with good anchorages if you want or if waiting for the tide on the bar. In good weather the inside channel is easy but just mind the many pot markers.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015 and the marina prices updated, otherwise there have been no changes
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 8th Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 8th April 2013. The work on the damaged quay wall is due to be completed in time for the 2013 season and the marina prices have been updated for that season.
Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
18/7 – Amble – Amble marina describes itself as “the friendliest marina in the country” so I had great fun walking around smiling and waving at everyone to put their motto to the test…The marina is a very pretty marina with lots of space for visitor’s, there’s a mix of working fishing vessels and yachts and has fantastic onshore facilities with some great power showers and well stocked chandlery! On entrance its wise on low tidal states to stick close to the harbour wall where the channel is at its deepest, there is also a large part of the right hand side of the channel that dries out and buoyage can get a little confusing.
Amble restaurant
Written by Captain Pete | 9th Sep 2010
We had a good meal at Zecca and Italian restaurant on the Right side of the High St. on 6th August 2010. None of the pubs in the town do food. There is a chain pub further out of town which they tell you about at the marina. Marina fuel prices 71p/litre domestic £1.27/litre propulsion at 15/12/2010.
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