Navigation and approaches to Aberystwyth

Navigation Information

Waypoint: 52 24.80N 004 0.600W

Charts: Ac 1484, 1972; IMRAY C61; QS 135

Tides: 0330 Dover; ML 2.7; Duration 0540; Zone O (GMT)

Standard Port: Milford Haven

H. Water L. Water MHWS MHWN MLWN MLWS
0100 0800 0100 0700 7.0 5.2 2.5 0.7
1300 2000 1300 1900 7.0 5.2 2.5 0.7

DIFFERENCES ABERYSTWYTH

H. Water L. Water MHWS MHWN MLWN MLWS
+0145 +0130 +0210 -2.0 -1.7 -0.7 0.0
+0145 +0130 +0245 -2.0 -1.7 -0.7 0.0

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The Harbour is located by Pendinas, a conspicuous hill 120m high, with the Wellington monument at its crest. The head of the north breakwater, the Wooden Jetty, on the Wellington monument leads 140°, which clears you south of the Castle Rocks. The  approach should be treated with caution in strong onshore winds, beware of cross-tides and boulders around head of the South Pier, the Stone Pier, and the Trap (an area of rough ground) which is to the north of the Wooden Jetty. The leading lights, both fixed reds and the white day marks on the Ystwyth Bridge, Lead 133°.

The Wooden Jetty is marked with Q WR 9m; Red Sector (141-175) which covers the Castle Rocks. The south Pier F1.(2) WG 10s 12m 10m. There are four FR (vertical) on a radio tower 2.8 miles to the south. The entrance is narrow with a 90° port turn inside the Wooden Jetty head. The bar is immediately outside the head of the Stone Pier; at low water springs there is about 0.7 metres on the bar when on the leading line.

Boats drawing 1.8 meters are advised to enter up to 3.0 hours before and 3.5 hours after H.W. in calm conditions. The Marina basin is dredged to a depth of 2.0m at Low Water Springs.

Harbour Approach in pictures

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These two marks are the unoffical and local leading lines. The cardinal marks a rocky outcrop. If its base is covered you usually have at least 4ft into the harbour entrance. The mark behind is a yellow painted lampost. It is said to mark the safest route over the bar (local info).

Y Lanfa/Aberystwyth Marina - First class marinas, Wales

These two white lines are the offical and prominent leading lines. They also mark the leading lights seen at night!

Y Lanfa/Aberystwyth Marina - First class marinas, Wales

Once in the entrance the wooden jetty is clear. Turn sharply to port and you are into the harbour.

Y Lanfa/Aberystwyth Marina - First class marinas, Wales

Leadline and turn once in the harbour.

Harbour entrance approoaches overhead view.

Y Lanfa/Aberystwyth Marina - First class marinas, Wales
Y Lanfa/Aberystwyth Marina - First class marinas, Wales

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