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
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 £16.75. ... read more