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Visitors Marina Guide


Ch 12

Call Sign

'whitehaven harbour'


HW ±4

Berthing Rates

short stay:
not offered

£2.30 per metre

Book a Berth

YHA Rating

not rated


240V, 16/30A

45 ton

1£ coins

fuel berth

code entry

limited stock

code entry


marina office

View plan

About the Marina

Whitehaven Marina refers to itself as the maritime gateway to the Lake District and being at the south western entrance to the Solway Firth its well located for it. Indeed, England’s highest mountain, deepest lake and smallest church are just a 30 minute drive away. Initially times were hard for Whitehaven as a port, not helped by the fact that the harbour dries out. But since the coming of the new sealock things are looking up and and there’s talk of a booming fishing trade now that there’s a new ice factory. The marina was built within this 17th century harbour in 1997 and was awarded its Blue Flag status in 2003. There are 200 pontoon berths which can accept vessels of varying lengths up to 13m LOA. Visiting yachts have a dedicated berthing area on the long hammer head at the end of pontoon 'C' in the Lowther Marina. When available, larger vessels can be accommodated on the 110-mtr walkway in the Queen's Marina in the northern basin of the harbour. With near 24-hour access, Whitehaven Marina is set to become the North West of England's premier cruising destination. Good rail and bus connections are at hand in Whitehaven and there’s a huge Tesco supermarket a short walk away from the marina.

Marina Approaches

Although the sealock is available 24hrs a day, access is dependant upon the tide since the outer harbour dies. If the weather's foul, waiting outside the harbour for enough water can be uncomfortable, and its perhaps best to make for Workingham which has 24hrs access in most conditions. For most cases however, access to the sea lock is about ±4hrs HW and there is a dredged channel which runs close to the North Pier and all the way to the sea lock. Incoming vessels should contact the Harbour Office/Sealock Radio Call Sign "Whitehaven Harbour" Marine VHF Channel 12 for berthing instructions.

Passage through the sea lock is controlled by traffic signals:

GREEN GREEN GREEN (vert): vessel may enter
RED RED RED (vert): no entry/closed
Flash RED RED RED (vert): emergency abort

At limited periods either side of HW there is a free flow through the lock. On transit through the lock, your swipe card (for the marina facilities) and berthing instructions are sometimes lowered to you in a bag. The inner harbour is maintained to a depth of 5.5m

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