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Aberystwyth Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


52 :24.50 N, 004 6.00 W


Admiralty 1484, 1972

Rules & Regulations

5 Knts Speed Limit in Harbour


Unsafe in Strong Onshore Winds/ Swell, Drying Ledges in Approach...see text.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW = Dover -0325 MHWS 5.0m, MHWN 3.5m, MLWN 1.8m, MLWS 0.7m   (links)

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General Description

Between Fishguard and Pwllheli the coastline of Cardigan Bay forms a lee shore for the westerly winds that are prevalent in the UK. Harbours in this stretch, especially where protected by a bar and highly tidal, are dangerous to approach in strong onshore conditions.  Aberystwyth Harbour falls into this category, and is dangerous to enter in an onshore blow, and even on calmer days a heavy ground swell can make tidal timing extremely important.

Nevertheless Aberystwyth is a very useful stopping point along this coast, as vessels can remain afloat at all states of the tide in the fairly recently built Marina. Furthermore it is the principal town of the area, and a popular holiday resort to boot, with good transport connections. ... read more


The yachtsman or motorboater making his first approach to Aberystwyth Harbour, would be best sticking to within two hours either side of high water, and not to make any approach at all in strong onshore conditions. The Harbour can be found and identified by Pendinas, a conspicuous hill 120m high, with Wellington monument at crest. 

In the approach to Aberystwyth from the North attention should be paid to the Sarn Cynfelyn and Cynfelyn shallow patches. These have minimum depth of 1.5 m over them, and are marked clear of their their western extremity by a westerly Cardinal buoy The Patches (Q(9)15s). In any kind of unsettled weather these should be given a good offing. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

The only visitors berths at Aberystwyth are within the dredged Marina,  where the boat will remain afloat.   ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. We have changed the close in approach instructions on advice from the Marina and included pictures of the approach from their web site. They intend to change the layout later this year.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 20th Feb 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 20th February 2013. Prices have been up dated for the 2013 season. They say they have about 2 meters and will be due another dredge next year (2014?)
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Local Hazzards Approaching Aber
Written by Firstmate | 14th Jan 2013
Lobster and Crab fishing as well as some gill net fishing is carried out in Cardigan Bay. Fishermen set traps and nets on the sea floor and anchor them to floats at the surface.

Lookout should be exercised in shallow waters for buoys, floats and flag markers used by fishermen to mark their equipment. They usually occur in pairs for professional fishers. Amateurs can (and do) use almost anything that floats as floats.

Sadly a few fishers leave stray lines near their pots which could foul your props.

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Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
15-16/8 – Aberystwyth – Aber can be tricky to enter in onshore breezes due to rocks on the inside of each break water in the entrance, this also creates a problem when entering in low water as it does get very shallow and the channel becomes very small to enter safely, the marina is small but well protected and there is a convenient chandlery which the office staff are situated. Abers well worth a visit as it seems to have a pub at every corner..
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