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Sailing the East Coast from Wells


Sketch map of East Coast ports

Whitby  111nm

Whitby is the gem of the East Coast which stands at the mouth of the River Esk. It has been a major fishing port for hundreds of years and the town is full of history. The remains of the Abbey on the East Cliff date from the 13th Century but it was founded in 657. Visiting craft raft up on the Whitby Marina pontoons, beyond the swing bridge. For a good meal find the Duke of York pub overlooking the Harbour in the old Town. Well worth a visit.

Scarborough  95nm

A seaside resort with a mixture of identities. It has a harbour formed by four piers which divide it in two, the Old Harbour and East Harbour, where visiting craft moor on drying pontoons in the south-west corner. Worth a visit just for the interesting entrance to the East Harbour!

Bridlington  79nm

A popular holiday resort with fine beaches sheltered by Flamborough Head. The Bayle Gate built 1388 is worth a visit; it has served as a courtroom, sailor's prison, barracks and is now a museum.

Grimsby  52nm

Conveniently located just a short distance up the river Humber. Vessels can moor in the basin outside the Lock; there's free access to the open lock two hours either side of high water, outside of these times vessels can lock through for a charge. After going through the lock, carry on straight to the marina. Visitors can moor in vacant berths where all facilities are provided. Well worth a visit as the Humber river is a place of great interest and a magical place to sail.

Wisbech  38nm

Cambridgeshire's link with the sea at Wisbech Yacht Harbour. Facilities include a 75 tonne travel hoist and a three tonne crane for mast stepping, engine replacements etc. CCTV, water and electricity are available to all berths and showers, toilets and diesel are fuel close by. The Yacht Harbour Master can advise on optimum times to arrive to make best use of tides, depth of water and air draft.

Lowestoft  56nm

A maritime town and tourist destination. The port is the mainstay of the town. The rebuilding of the yacht basin has been completed and is well worth a visit. Being the most easterly port, it is well placed for the crossing to the Scandinavian and European coast. A worthwhile walk is to the Sparrows Nest Gardens and Museum, home of the RN Patrol Service during World War II.

Southwold  73nm

A real step back in time, watching the activity of the local fishermen landing their catch and the rowing boat ferrying people across the river to Walberswick. Sitting on the visitors' quay is like being in a different age, opposite is the historic Harbour Inn where most of the visiting crews are normally found, either having a good meal in the restaurant or relaxing with a pint of Adnams bitter. A great place to stop over.

Robert Smith MBE, Harbour Master

Cromer
Tabs Head
Wisbech Yacht Harbour
Sutton Bridge