Swanage

Swanage

Swanage is a nostalgic English resort town located just south of Old Harry Rocks at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast.  

Swanage Bay faces to the east and south-east and there is safe access in all reasonable conditions at all stages of the tide. 

It offers great protection for mooring and anchoring when the winds are coming from just west of south, the south-west and round to the north, especially under the high cliffs in the north end of the bay.

This classic British seaside town sits at the south of the bay with a long beach extending towards the cliffs.  Anchor off to swim on the beach or enjoy the Punch and Judy!

Swanage has a variety of shops and restaurants plus:

    • a fully operational steam train and railway
    • Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre with information on the local geology and history
    • Durlston Castle and Country Park just 30 minutes walk from the town centre
    • stunning coastal walks

Approaching Swanage:

Initial fix – 50° 36.670′ N, 001° 56.100′ W

This gets you close to the bay, to a point a quarter of a mile north of the Peveril Ledge buoy, on the 15m contour line. Be alert as strong tides can be running north or south over the Peveril Ledge which can cause tidal rips. Stay away from these.

Swanage Pier – 50° 36.561′ N, 001° 56.951′ W
This is Swanage Pier head that exhibits a light 2FR (vert) 6m 3M

Moorings & anchoring:

Swanage Sailing Club offers some moorings to the west of the Pier. Please contact the phone number on the pick-up buoys or  book online here

You can normally anchor in quite close in to the beach once well clear of all the moorings. Beware of any swell which can set up in a Southerly or South Westerly wind. The quietest area is north of the main town and up to the North West corner until the cliffs, which provide great shelter from West and Northerly winds.

Going ashore:

Swanage Water Taxi operates from near the Stone Quay.  Call 07802 480 130


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