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Padstow Harbour

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Flag, Red Ensign


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Admiralty 1168, 1156, SC5603/SC5608

Rules & Regulations



Bar Dangerous in Westerlies

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW= Dover -0550 MHWS 7.3m, MHWN 5.6m, MLWN 2.6m, MLWS 0.8m   (links)

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General Description

Harbour Master tel 01841 532239 VHF #12
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Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

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Your Ratings & Comments

UPDATE December 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 15th Dec 2022
There is a NEW video of the approach to Padstow harbour and we've updated the link to that
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 30th Sep 2022
I reviewed these notes at the end of September 2022. There seems to have been a gentle movement of the sandbanks on the Eastern side of the run in to Padstow. They move the buoyage as necessary, but you would be wise to check the Notices page on their web site before visiting there in 2023. They are revamping their website this autumn so any links you (or we) have stored may need changing.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 28th Sep 2021
I reviewed these notes in September 2021. The approach notes have been completely rewritten to account for the new buoyage into Padstow and you should edit any stored waypoints on your plotter. Otherwise all is the same and the welcome always good.
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Written by Don Thomson | 24th Apr 2018
This harbour is the complete package. Take the trouble to look at the navigation page on their website for a complete video of the way in. The price is the same as it has been for years and they have two amenities blocks these days.
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Si Ricketts, Westerly Ocean Ranger, July 2017
Written by Simiester | 10th Jul 2017
Can't agree more with the earlier comments, great little harbour with plenty of life and lots to do.
I couple of comments regarding mooring up. We rafted up against someone on the harbour wall, to port as you come out of the lock. We had to lend the inside boat our fender board as he was having problems keeping the hull off the prominent vertical girders on the wall. We found out later that the HM keeps boards for free loan if you haven't got one.
Also, fuel can be picked up by jerry, a service that the HM provides FOC, alternatively we filled up directly by coming along side the pier to the starboard side of the outer lock entrance. You can't miss the large green tank on the pier. You must moor close to the outer end of the tank otherwise the hose won't reach. Contact the HM when you arrive and he will come over and sort things out. Card payment has to be at the office so best to do it on your way in. Enjoy.
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Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 28th Apr 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2016. There has been a small increase in price.
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 19th Feb 2013
The notes for Padstow were updated by Don T on 19th February 2013. No changes were necessary but a couple of bits of local knowledge were added.
Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
21-22/8 – Padstow – Padstow is another of my favourite places, you enter through a very clearly marked channel which is very clear even at night, you then come to the lock which normally opens for free flow so you don’t have to lock in and out, the small harbour is brilliant although if you come alongside the wall expect a lot of rubbish from the street on decks the next morning! However you just have to walk off your boat to be in the centre of a fun buzzing town and arms reach of the local pubs. Padstow is a fantastic place to visit and I really recommend it!
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