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Visitors Marina Guide
RIDGEWHARF MARINA

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ACCESS

HW ±2

Berthing Rates

short stay:
not offered

overnight:
7.5m:
£20

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YHA Rating

not rated

Facilities

20 ton

240V, 16/30A

9am to 5pm

well stocked

marina office

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About the Marina


Ridge Wharf is a working boat yard-cum-marina situated half way up the four mile stretch of the River Frome which eventually leads to Wareham. There’s no VHF watch here, so for visitors its a question of turning up and hoping to find room along the long wooden landing pontoons that skirts the river bank. This small harbour was originally a 19th century trading port which exported clay and wool from the area, and today it's a haven of peace and tranquility. The Yacht Centre can accommodate vessels up to a 1.5m draft and at LW the berths dry out to soft mud.

Its highly recommended to explore the backwaters by dinghy where you can go all the way up to Wareham, stopping off at the friendly Redcliffe YC on the way. Wareham is a picturesque market town on a busy main road and it has a town quay for small craft to moor up against
, but beware, it does get busy with pleasure boats over the summer. Ashore, you’ll find two supermarkets, several pubs, restaurants and take-ways.
 

Marina Approaches


Access to the marina for shallow draft vessels is really ±1hrHW and involves negotiating the picturesque Wareham Channel which starts just after the Lake Yard marina and heads SW until the channel splits in two.

The River Frome is well marked as far as Bower Point - just beyond Gigger’s Is. Thereafter is a matter of feeling your way to the marina using your echo sounder, paying due respect to one's speed of 4kts since the reedy banks are full of wildlife.
 

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