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Enjoy a safe visit to Wells Harbour

Wells Harbour, especially on the quayside, is often busy with boats, machinery, cars and people. In high season, there may be boats mooring or leaving, fishing boats unloading their catch, trip boats picking up passengers, cars parking and leaving and a crowd of people walking, eating, gillying, paddling, boating or just sitting, taking it all in!

All users and visitors to the Harbour must follow the Harbour Master's General Directions and we'd ask everyone to ensure a safe visit and not spoil things for others by following this advice...

  1. Keep clear of boats, moorings and other harbour equipment.
  2. Use the bins provided... it is against local bye-laws to drop or leave litter or dump waste in the water as well as being unsightly and dangerous for local wildlife.
  3. Do not throw stones near boats, moorings, equipment or people.
  4. Take care on the quayside. Drive slowly, give way to pedestrians and pay particular attention before reversing.
  5. Hooks must not be used when fishing for shore crabs ("gillying"). Some lines are sold locally with hooks on and these are a serious hazard to local wildlife... cut the hook off and bin it carefully then tie your bait on.
  6. Crossing the channel to the marshes, creeks or far side of the beach at low tide can be dangerous. The tide at Wells arrives and leaves quickly with considerable current. Ensure that you return to the landward side of the channel before the tide starts to flow... at the beach, this is normally around 4 hours before high water. Tide times are displayed at the Harbour Office and in tide tables available in many local shops. In Summer, a warning siren is normally sounded when the tide starts to flow... return immediately to landward when you hear this.
  7. Read warning signs and notices posted at the beach before crossing the channel or swimming.
  8. Always wear life jackets or suitable floatation aids when out on the water. Carry a marine radio or mobile phone.
  9. If out on the water or marshes, ensure someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  10. In an emergency... or if you see someone in difficulty... call the coastguard on 999 or VHF channel 16.

A reminder about tenders and small boats

Many small tenders have little or no inherent buoyancy and quickly sink when swamped. It is strongly advised that you avoid overloading a small boat or tender and that all the occupants wear life-jackets while afloat at all times.