Amble Cruising Guide

Amble is a small, friendly harbour town and working fishing port with a range of shops, pubs and a bustling Sunday market.  The marina, situated on the banks of the River Coquet, is surrounded by unspoilt Northumberland countryside with beautiful, sandy beaches nearby.

Amble Marina is a friendly and secure marina with excellent facilities set on the banks of the River Coquet in the beautiful unspoilt Northumberland countryside.  No other marina in the North East of England enjoys such beautiful countryside and wonderful sandy beaches around it. Amble Marina is accessed via a tidal cill with tide gauge at entrance for depth over the cill. It offers fully serviced annual, seasonal and short term visitor moorings on their pontoon berths. Contact them on VHF Channel 80.

Coquet Yacht Club has river moorings available at reasonable rates to members with storage ashore for tenders and inflatables. This friendly club also has active cruising, racing and social programmes.



Amble Navigation & Pilotage Notes

Please Note: Navigation and pilotage notes are provided for general information only and it is essential to use an up to date chart and pilot book for navigation purposes

The entrance is unsafe in strong winds from north to east.  Heavy seas break on Pan Bush shoal in the approaches and on the bar at the harbour entrance.

The best approach is from the north east, passing to the north and west of Pan Bush Shoal. It is possible to navigate through the inner passage of Coquet Island in the hour before high water with good weather, good visibility, daylight and a slight sea state and with caution.  This passage should not be attempted at night. Once inside the North Pier keep close to the South Pier and quays to avoid drying banks on the north side of the channel.

Access to Amble Marina is via a tidal cill with tide gauge at the entrance for depth over the cill. The speed limit is 4 knots in the harbour.

Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5615 East Coast – Whitby to Edinburgh covers this area. See also Admiralty Chart 1627 Harbours on the East Coast of England.

The Met Office Inshore Waters Forecast for Berwick upon Tweed to Whitby covers Amble.

Admiralty Easytide provides tidal predictions for Amble for the next 7 days.

Amble Marine Services

A comprehensive range of marine repairs and services are offered by Amble Boat Company including osmosis treatment, joinery, engineering and rigging. They also stock a wide range of general chandlery and offer a range of new and used boats for sale.

Chandlery is also available from Amble Marina who stock everything from rope to lifejackets and all kinds of nuts, bolts and shackles. They are also main agents for Tohatsu Outboards and offer an after sale service.

A C Yacht and Boat Surveyors are based locally but offer independent marine surveying services for pre-purchase, pre-sale and insurance purposes throughout Northern England.

Amble Ashore

Amble is ideal for an overnight stop or as a base for exploring the surrounding countryside. There is plenty of choice for eating and drinking here too, from the classic takeaway to more formal dining. Contact Amble Tourist Information Centre for more information on the local area.

The pretty village of Warkworth is within easy walking distance where you can see the historic ruins of Warkworth Castle as well as visit a number of antiques shops and restaurants.  Stunning Alnwick Castle can be reached with local transport services where there is plenty to see and do.  Alnwick is most famous as the location for Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films and it is still a family home.

Amble is also a delight for nature lovers where you can enjoy walks along the river or coast and visit nearby Coquet Island, home to a variety of seabirds and a large colony of seals. You can cover more ground with bicycle hire from Pedal-Power and see even more of this stunning area.

There is a Boots pharmacy in the town along with nearby medical and dental services. Amble Post Office has a book shop along side the usual postal services.