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.

 

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 2018

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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

CLEY CHANNEL APPROACHES

Alastair McInnes who looks after the Cley Channel new buoys very helpfully sent us this.

“The Cley channel is now 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. The start of the channel can be safely approached from Morston and Blakeney. Both approaches are marked with red hand buoys which lead you to the start of the channel near the yellow racing buoy No 6 and Welsh’s port hand buoy.

Blakeney Approach

The approach from Blakeney starts at the first red buoy (Stiffkey Red Lion) which is near the large catamaran called Silver Fox. Head north towards the Watch house and Racing buoy No 6. passing near red buoys, Tigger and Welsh’s buoy. At Welsh’s buoy the starboard side of the channel is marked by the green buoy Jonathan Freegard Architects. See diagram 1.

Morston Approach

The approach from Morston starts near yellow racing buoy No 5 and the first red buoy called the Flower family then passing red buoys DIMS, Howden, Greshams, Ali, Athill and to Welsh’s buoy

Cley Channel

The start of the channel 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 Welsh’s buoy follow the reds Nelly and Bill, Five Kendalls and noting the green Peter Watson to starboard. See diagram 2.

BLAKENEY CHANNEL APPROACHES

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 towards the Northern shore of the harbour and then back to the Southern side before it winds its way towards the entrance to Blakeney Cut, which is the straight final section leading to Blakeney Quay. Almost all the buoys are starboard hand until you reach the entrance to Blakeney Cut where there are a few red buoys and beacons leading you towards the entrance of the Cut.

Please refer to the interactive map above, expanding it for clarity and also click on BLAKENEY CHANNEL BUOYS and BEACONS for detailed information relating to the position of the buoys and the names on the buoys for easy identification.

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.