Buoyage

Below is an interactive map of the buoyage for the harbour and channels.

 

It is essential for your safety that you click 'view larger map' (box top-right of map) and enlarge at least once to ensure the information is accurate. Zoom in on iPad or iPhone if Google Maps App is installed on your device.

 

It is recommended that the satellite view is turned on to show the positions of channels, banks and raised sand banks.  However, please note that although the positions of the buoys etc, are accurate, the Google base map is out of date (current September 2017) and does not show the present situation.  Therefore in certain places the position of some buoys can look somewhat strange!

 

Click on any buoy or beacon for its coordinates and name. Click the box top-left to show the four layers - Harbour Buoys, Cley Channel Buoys, Blakeney Channel Buoys and Beacons, all together or in any combination using the check boxes. Use the + or - buttons bottom-left to zoom in or out of the map.

Map of the harbour specifically showing the leading buoys and lights for harbour entrance and channel buoys leading to the harbour. These buoys are also shown on the interactive map above, in the section HARBOUR BUOYS.

BLAKENEY HARBOUR BUOYAGE AND LIGHTS - AS AT JUNE 2019

BLAKENEY FAIRWAY
Unlighted buoy: Spherical RW. Chequered/Ball
Position:
N 52° 59.225’
E 000° 58.526'

HJORDIS WRECK BEACON (Owned/maint. by Trinity House)
Lighted isolated danger mark Fl(2) 5s
Position:
N 52 degrees 59.018’
E 000 degrees 58.144’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 1
Lighted buoy: QG / conical G. Marked 1
Position:
N 52° 58.897’
E 000° 58.280’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 2
Lighted buoy: Fl(2)G8s / conical G. Marked 2
Position:
N 52° 58.867’
E 000° 58.025’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 3
Lighted buoy: FlG(4s) / conical G. Marked 3
Position:
N 52° 58.866'
E 000° 57.792'

HARBOUR ENTRANCE STARBOARD NO. 4
Lighted buoy : FlG(2.5s) / conical G. Marked 4
Position:
N 52° 58.777’
E 000° 57.530’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE PORT NO. 5
Lighted buoy: QR / can R. Marked 5
Position:
N 52° 58.732’
E 000° 57.552’

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 6
Unlighted buoy: Conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.649'
E 000° 57.337'

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO.7
Lighted buoy: FLG(5s) / conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.513'
E 000° 57.219'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 8
Lighted buoy: Fl(2)R8s Can R
Position:
N 52° 58.528’
E 000° 57.334’

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 8A
Lighted buoy: FlR(1s) Can R
Position:
N 52° 58.334'
E 000° 57.239'

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 9
Unlighted buoy: Conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.373'
E 000° 57.138'

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 10
Lighted buoy: FlG(2.5s) / conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.187'
E 000° 57.169'

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 11
Lighted buoy: Fl(2)G8s / conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.066'
E 000° 57.333'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 12
Lighted buoy: FlR(2.5s) / can R
Position:
N 52° 58.136'
E 000° 57.320'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 12A
Lighted buoy: QR(1s) / can R
Position:
N 52° 58.133'
E 000° 57.381'

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 13
Lighted buoy: FlG(4s) / conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.090'
E 000° 57.530'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 14
Lighted buoy: FlR(2.5s) / can R
Position:
N 52° 58.125'
E 000° 57.559’

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 15
Lighted buoy: FlG(2.5s) / conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.109'
E 000° 57.764'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 16
Lighted buoy: FlR(5s) / can R
Position:
N 52° 58.128'
E 000° 57.748'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 18
Lighted buoy: FlR(2)5s / can R
Position:
N 52° 58.150
E 000° 58.029'

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 19
Lighted buoy: FlG(2.5s) / conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.136'
E 000° 58.062'

CHANNEL MARKER STARBOARD NO. 20
Lighted buoy: QG(1s) / conical G
Position:
N 52° 58.175'
E 000° 58.269'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 21
Lighted buoy: QR(1s) / can R
Position:
N 52° 58.184'
E 000° 58.355'

CHANNEL MARKER PORT NO. 21A
Lighted buoy: FlR(2)8s / can R
Position:
N 52° 58.162'
E 000° 58.455'

SOUTH SANDS BEACON
Lighted beacon: FlG(5s) / conical G at top
Position:
N 52° 58.113'
E 000° 58.457'

MORSTON CREEK BEACON
Lighted beacon: QR(1s) / can R
Position:
N 52° 57.973’
E 000° 59.197’

HARBOUR ENTRANCE AND CHANNEL BUOYS

An important part of the BHA’s work, in conjunction with Trinity House, is to maintain and improve the Harbour Buoyage.

NEW HARBOUR ENTRANCE BUOYS

CLEY CHANNEL MARKER BUOYS

BLAKENEY CHANNEL APPROACHES - AS AT JULY 2019

Buoyage leading to Blakeney starts with a line of starboard hand buoys on the South side of the harbour running due East from the entrance to Morston Creek (which is marked by a port hand beacon).

Follow the starboard hand buoys (SCAUPE RUN) towards the Northern shore of the harbour and then turn East following the port hand buoys of the NORTH RUN until two starboard hand buoys and the yellow-topped direction post marking the start of THE LINK

Turn starboard into and along this short red and green buoyed section until the next yellow-topped direction post.

Turn port into open water which has the north and south banks buoyed red and green respectively.

Follow the north bank port buoys and bank markers to the start of the BLAKENEY CHANNEL which is marked by a red bank marker and green buoy gateway. Continue along the narrow channel of red buoys and bank markers and green buoys until the port speed sign buoy at the start of the Blakeney Cut leading on to Blakeney Quay.

Please refer to the interactive map above, expanding it for clarity and also click on SCAUPE RUN, NORTH RUN, CLEY CHANNEL, THE LINK and BLAKENEY CHANNEL BUOYS and BEACONS and BANK MARKERS for detailed information relating to the position of the buoys and the names on the buoys for easy identification.

CLEY CHANNEL APPROACHES - AS AT JUN 2019

The Cley channel is marked with a series of sponsored red, port hand, and green, starboard hand, buoys along with a series of withys some of which have red and green flags. The buoys mark the deepest part of the channel and the withys generally mark steep ledges. The channel is checked regularly at low and high tide and buoys/withys moved as required. The start of the channel can be safely approached from Morston and Blakeney. The start of the channel is near the yellow racing buoy No 6 and a Yellow direction post, helpfully pointing the way.  

Cley Channel.

The start of the channel is in the area of the Watch House and is quite wide.  Look out for the port hand buoys and a few withys on the starboard side one of which is marked with a green flag. From the yellow sailing club race mark buoy number 6 (note this is only in place during summer months) follow the reds Nelly and Bill, Five Kendalls and noting the green Peter Watson buoy to starboard. See diagram below.

Start of Cley Channel
Start of Cley Channel

The buoys show the deepest part of the channel. After Five Kendalls look for the following reds; Oscar, Grand Slam and Metcalfe. It then switches to a series of greens starting with Ella, Savorys, Hills Home Supplies and Lucy. Next there is a red, Beeston Hall School, and then onto 5 more greens; Tom Archer, Gordon Goodwin, MM, Marjorie Threfall and finally Hippo. After Hippo the channel narrows. Follow eastwards until you reach a T junction on which there is a withy which should be left to port. It marks the start of the very obvious small channel which wends its way to Cley, the Windmill is a good guide. Just beyond the large sluice gates you will find the small, welcoming, newly restored Cley harbour which can take boats up to 20 feet.

 

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RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS

A new illuminated buoy has been sited at the mouth of Morston Creek as well as a depth marker and speed limit indicator on the South Side Sands (South of the old lifeboat House). We have buoyed Pinchens Creek as well.

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