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Burry Port (almanac stub)

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Flag, Red Ensign


Offing from Bury Inlet: 51º38.15'N 004º21.86'W Barrel Post: 51º40.46'N 004º15.01'W


AC 1076

Rules & Regulations


Dries out, dangerous in strong onshore winds, shifting sandbanks, strong tidal streams

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover -0455 MHWS 7.8m MHWN 5.8m MLWS 0.9m MLWN 3.0m   (links)

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General Description

Burry Port HM tel 01554 835691 mob 07817395710

Burry Port lies about 5 miles into the shifting sands and the twisting channels of Burry Inlet.  For those with shoal draft craft that can take the ground the large Marina could offer a useful stopping place. The Marina itself holds over 1.5 m of water, held in by a raising cill, and the nearby town offers provisioning and railway station connected to Milford Haven and Swansea.  The Inlet lies around 13 miles from Tenby and 22+ miles from Swansea.

NEW 2018   The marina has been bought by The Marine Group based in Cardiff.  They now own five marinas in Wales and are planning a massive investment here at Burry Port.  At this moment (Spring 2018) they are having the marina flap gate hydraulics refurbished and expect to have that fully functioning by the end of May. The objects noted in our members comments at the end of this article are, in fact, the components for the Marina storm gate which needs those blocks craning into position if really bad weather is forecast.
They are also planning a major dredge both of the marina and the entry channel in from the Barrel Buoy. 

At the moment the Marina is home to a small fleet of charter fishing boats, local pleasure craft and shallow draught yachts.  The Inlet is not a place for a large deep draft yachts to be searching for unbuoyed channels and shelter.

Entry to west facing Burry Inlet should not be considered by strangers in any kind of onshore wind, and for a first visit, light offshore winds are ideal.  The tidal stream runs hard (up to 4 kn) across the sand banks within the inlet, but a study of the chart will show that at around high water there will be plenty of depth everywhere for shallow draft craft in the approach.


Camarthen Bay shelves steadily towards the mouth of Burry Inlet.  You should note that the old Burry Port Inlet chart has been discontinued

Although locals may come and go up to 2 1/2 hours either side of high water, strangers are recommended to make the 5 mile approach on a rising tide, aiming to arrive at the Marina entrance just before high water.  

There are no plans to buoy the channel in from the Carmarthen Bay but the channel in from the Barrel buoy will be buoyed in the future.

Marina approach is now directly into towards the cill gate, following buoyage that commences in the reigon of a post (Barrel Post) in position 51:40’46N  004:15’01W (Close North of the "H" tidal diamond on the chart)  Once there, traffic lights control entry and exit, with access times depending on the tidal height.

Strangers are advised not to explore the channels above Burry Port Marina.

One important point is that the whole of Burry Inlet is not a place to be in onshore winds.  With stronger onshore winds seas break strongly across the entrance.  Night time entry is not advised for strangers.

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There is a speed limit of 3 knts within the marina,

..... which can accomodate boats up to 12m/1.5m draft.  The Harbour Master is in a cabin by the RNLI slip on the East Quay. (VHF Ch 16,  Phone 01554 835691 and 07817 395710.) 

The RNLI Boathouse will eventually house a new Harbour Office and marina amenities whilst the Lifeboat will be rehoused in a new building altogether. 

Charges have not yet been posted 


Water, electricity, toilets and security gates are provided at the Marina. Town nearby, yacht club adjacent.


They have plans to take this marina into a new era with a bistro, cafe etc. 


Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 22nd Sep 2021
I reviewed these notes in September 2021. They are still involved with dredging the marina before they refurbish and add pontoons. The building work ashore is about to be started. So, as we write, there is a lot going on but not much in the way of change yet.
Written by Don Thomson | 23rd Apr 2018
There is a lot happening here. The Marina has just been taken over by The Marine Group which has big plans for the place. The flap gate is expected to be functioning early in the summer whilst the marina and close approach will be dredged idc The RNLI Boathouse will be come the harbour office and amenities block whilst the RNLI will be rehoused.
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Oct 2017 - Cill has been removed
Written by julianc | 11th Oct 2017
As of October 2017 the western half of the cill has been dismantled and is sitting on the harbour wall.

At low water the harbour now dries to hard sand.

We couldn't establish if this is winter maintenance or if the harbour is now out of action.

There are a few dozen boats on the pontoons. They have all taken the ground apparently without problem

Ed note. The equipment sitting on the harbour wall is the elements of the storm gate and nothing to do with the cill.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 28th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. This entry remains an almanac stubb and is not based on personal experience.
Update 2103
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Feb 2013
The Burry Port notes were updated by Don T on the 15th February 2013 and the new prices noted
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