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Flamborough Head Anchorages

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N Anchorage Area 54:08' N 000:06' W S Anchorage Area 54:05'.7 N 000:06'.8 W


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Rules & Regulations



No Particular Hazards other than the possibility of overfalls rounding Flamborough Head and fierce tides.

Tidal Data Times & Range

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

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General Description

For the Mariner on passage either up or down this stretch of coast not wishing to put into Bridlington with all that might imply... drying out, getting waylaid etc, Flamborough Head offers interesting possibilities.

This large promontory juts out into the sea on such a scale and in such a way that it has two effects. The first is that the tide piles up round it and accelerates, being capable of reaching 3 knts at springs. In wind against tide situations there can be overfalls that are dangerous small craft, and a minimum offing of 2 miles is recommended in these circumstances. Obviously the skipper will want the tide under him while rounding Flamborough head if at all possible. ... read more


Approaches are best seen on the charts. It is assumed you will be approaching into the weather, but if coming down wind and intending to get in behind Flamborough Head bear in mind the tidal streams around the head as already mentioned, and the necessity to stand off in strong wind against tide situations.

About six hours before high water Hull the tide starts heading southwards, building up to a maximum at around three hours before high water Hull. Conversely about one hour after high water Hull the tide starts heading northwards reaching its peak around three hours after high water Hull. These times are approximate. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The North Anchorage is more steep to than the southern one. Local fishing boats work off the beach from both of the anchorages, with the RNLI maintaining a station at the South Landing. ... read more

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Written by Don Thomson | 29th Mar 2017
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Apr 2013
These notes were reviewed by Don T on the 9th April 2013. A few photos were added but no major changes
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