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Newtown River

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Safe Distance off , NNW of the West Cardinal Buoy. 50:43.75'N 001:24.89'W


Admiralty 2021, 2035, 2036, SC5600

Rules & Regulations

5 Knts Speed Limit


Tricky Entrance, Unlit, Extensive Shallows Within.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Double HW or long stand, First HW springs approx. -0030 Dover MHWS 3.4m MHWN The tides here virtually the same as those for Yarmouth. Tide tables:   (links)

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General Description

Newtown Creek and its associated branches form a peaceful haven for nature, and a useful anchorage for yachtsmen and motorboaters. ... read more


Newtown River is approached via a narrow channel leading through shingle banks.  Entry for most boats is only possible with a suitable rise of tide, but once within  deeper water will be found.  ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Options are either to find a vacant visitors mooring buoy,  or to anchor. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Sad news re New Inn
Written by ACRS | 4th May 2024
The New Inn is currently firmly shut and showing a large "Landlord Wanted" sign.
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Anywhere safe to settle?
Written by John Boileau | 18th Jun 2023
We would like to visit Newtown creek next week and our boat can comfortably rest on the bottom at low tide. Is there an area of Newtown creek where this would be possible/sensible?
Mooring buoy and water logged tree brance
Written by Hooray | 4th Sep 2022
If you look at the video, which is low tide, you will notice one mooring buoy is vacant in the River. I think this is the one where it is quite shallow a SLW and will not accommodate a 1.5 meter draft. Had the same experience. If not that one then the next one further in. I was told that the buoys further on will be to shallow for a 1.5 meter draft at SLW.

I anchored in Clammerkin Lake between the 2 white visitors buoys. When I pulled up the anchor chain it was wrapped around a large sunken tree branch, about 15ft long. I did lift it by hand but a bit of a surprise. Needless to say I was not dragging my anchor!
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Mooring buoys
Written by Theresa | 11th Aug 2022
My husband and I love this place especially midweek but we have had 3 incidents in the past 4 years where large motor boats have either moored and swung too close or have dragged their anchor, fortunately sustaining only minor damage. Consequently on our last two visits we have been fortunate enough to pick up a buoy in the main channel . The harbour master assured us that there was enough depth for our 32ft fin keel (1.5m). However today, 3 days before springs, we have gone aground at low water. Whether this is due to the current high temperature and easterly winds or whether the moorings are seriously in need of dredging I don't know. Or are the National Trust trying to phase out boats?
Update March 2022
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 29th Mar 2022
I reviewed these notes near the end of March 2022. At that time I was unable to contact the HM on any of his numbers so the prices are old.
Fresh Water Tap
Written by El Camino | 14th Sep 2020
The fresh water tap can be found on Newtown Quay. Walk along the wooden bridge from the shed and you'll see it on the left hand side before the gate. We were on a buoy nearby and kayaked across to the slipway which was very shallow and muddy, so we headed for one of the ladders instead. The first ladder seems to be the deepest. Check the tide though as we were almost grounded on our return.
Fresh Water Tap
Written by GALLICHAN | 14th Sep 2020
We visited during first week september 2020 and happened upon a fresh water tap at the landward end of the footbridge walkway leading to Newtown Quay. Ok to fill a bottle etc but a long way from a boat at the anchorage or buoys
Fresh Water Tap
Written by Chris West | 17th May 2020
I have visited Newtown Creek several times but have never found the fresh water tap. Is it a myth or perhaps someone can pinpoint it please?
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Mar 2020
I reviewed these notes in March of 2020. I have managed to get the 2020 prices for picking up a mooring both short stay and overnight. Anchoring is still gratis but the National Trust would still like a donation. The New Inn at Shalfleet has reopened.
Written by Don Thomson | 21st Mar 2018
We have uploaded a new chart now that the marks have been finalised. There are new prices for mooring and anchoring remains free of charge but they would like a donation.
Written by Bryant | 26th May 2016
As far as I know moorings in Newtown Creek are first come first served with no booking system. Mooring buoys are run by National Trust. Anchoring is free ..if you can find space.
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Reserving moorings
Written by Sundowners YC | 26th May 2016

Is it possible to reserve/pay in advance for mooring buoys in Newtown? I am organising a rally on 4-5 June for 4 boats. We would like to stay in Newtown and obviously closely moored as we will either be having a beach BBQ or heading up to the new inn. Any contact numbers for the harbour masters would be great to know????

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. We can confirm that the buoyage changes promised 2014/5 are now complete. They are as shown on the most recent Admiralty chart with the exception that the iso danger post is now an unlit buoy. Charges remain the same
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Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 3rd Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April 2014. The promised alterations to the buoyage promised for 2013 did not occur but are about to be completed for the 2014 season. The main changes are that the mark at the end of the East Spit is to be removed and not replaced; the Bad Ground mark (originally a post) is to be replaced by a bad ground buoy and the first red LAT mark in the Newtown river is to be replaced by a buoy. We have generated an overlay for the Admiralty Chart to indicate these changes which you can see in our gallery

Prices have been adjusted for 2014
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 24th Jan 2013
The harbour notes for Newtown River were updated by Don T on the 24th January 2013. The approach notes have been rewritten to take account of the buoyage changes since we first wrote them and we have been advised that it is planned to replace all the lateral posts/marks within the estuary with buoys during 2013.
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