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Bridlington Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


N Pierhead (liable to changes) 54:04'.77 N 000:11'.19 W


Admiralty 1882

Rules & Regulations



Harbour Dries, Unsafe entry in strong onshore conditions.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Tides +0553 Dover MHWS 6.1m, MHWN 4.7m, MLWN 2.3m, MLWS 1.1m

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General Description

Bridlington is a smallish harbour mainly catering for commercial and leisure fishing, tripper boats and a few yachts. It dries to soft mud, and at present visitors berths are available on the new pontoons or against the South Quay.

The site is an obvious one for a harbour, built as it is in the lee of Flamborough Head. Natural land features give it protection from the South West round to just east of North. The shallow Smithic Bank lying just to the east provides some protection from the sea when the winds are in that direction. Goods have been exported from this harbour since mediaeval times, but it took its present form in 1848. ... read more


The immediate approaches to Bridlington Harbour are protected by Flamborough Head with the wind anywhere from south clockwise through to north-east. The approaches are clear of danger other than the Smithic Sands which in normal conditions can be sailed straight over, with the least depths of over 2.5 m at CD.

When the wind pipes up strong from the East or Southeast the seas can break in this area and approaching Bridlington Harbour becomes a dangerous proposition.  Visiting yachtsman and motorboaters are advised to steer clear in these situations.

Full pilotage details: ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Berth as directed by the harbour master. If you can take the ground you may expect to be put on one of the new pontoons (much to be preferred as there is water and shore power on those) otherwise you'll be put on the South Quay,past the fuel and the crane. The bottom is soft mud, and keel boats can lean against the wall if necessary. The depths available against the wall reduce the further you get into the harbour past the crane. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 29th Mar 2017
We now provide a chartlet of the Bridlington pontoons in our Navigation Images section
Written by Don Thomson | 29th Mar 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2017. The pontoons are a fact of life here now, although they still do not appear on the Admiralty charts. Their charges will go up 3% across the board. I have drawn their attention to the apparent anomaly in their harbour entrance signals ie green light when there is less than 9m and red light when there is more than 9m but they say that is correct?
Update November 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 18th Nov 2015
By Don T (Ed) We've added the Harbour Signals to the Approach Section
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Mar 2015
These notes were updated by Don in March 2015. Nothing has changed except that the new marina developments have been shelved indefinitely so we've removed that pipe dream from our gallery
Or you could anchor.
Written by Barbados Billy | 25th Jun 2014
The tide was wrong and it was getting late. I did try anchoring of the South Landing but it was uncomfortable. So I tucked right into the corner of the bay north of the harbour inside the sailing marks. What a peaceful night, so well sheltered from the north winds. The bustle of the town could be heard but everything settled down for the night. A splendid anchorage in winds from the west round to north with hardly a popple on the surface.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 16th Apr 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 16th April 2013. Those of you who are waiting for the big new marina will have to wait for quite a bit longer; work on that is on hold for the moment but they have installed new, serviced pontoons where the old cradles were. Prices have been updated and the rest is much as before.
Bridlington Harbour new website
Written by lenderby | 14th Feb 2011
The new website for Bridlington Harbour Commissioners can be found here: http://www.bridlingtonharbour.com including information on facilities, navigation, and tide times.
Thank you.
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