Sailing the Wash

Welcome to Sailing the Wash, an introduction to the sailing opportunities, facilities for visiting craft and great places to visit when coming to the Wash on England’s east coast.

The Wash is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a designated European Marine Site. It is England’s largest embayment and contains extensive sand-flats and salt-marshes. It is home to a diverse habitat of marine mammals, shellfish, wildfowl and many other migratory birds. All visitors are required to respect the special nature of the area and enjoy the sights and sounds that abound.

It is fed by four rivers, which drain a vast hinterland stretching from Bedford, Northampton and Market Harborough up to Grantham .The interlinking inland waterways offer navigation to suitable craft over a wide area and even links into the Grand Union Canal.

The Wash

Visitor Pontoons King's Lynn
Wisbech Yacht Harbour
Fosdyke Yacht Haven
Boston Gateway Marina


custom_house_front_pageKing’s Lynn is the largest town on the Wash coast and, with new visitor pontoons installed in July 2013 at the heart of the old town, it is now a great base to stop off and explore (booking details available here). King’s Lynn is brim full of history and stunning buildings such as the Custom House, King’s Lynn Minster and Trinity Guildhall.

Regular live entertainment and exhibitions at the Corn Exchange and nearby King’s Lynn Arts Centre, coupled with an extensive shopping area make it a great base to stop over. King’s Lynn is also gateway to the beautiful Norfolk countryside and coast. There are excellent rail services direct to London, via Downham Market, the cathedral city of Ely and the university town of Cambridge.

At Wisbech, ‘Capital of the Fens’, the Wisbech Yacht Harbour offers a wide range of moorings and facilities. The town which is home to Elgood’s Brewery and gardens (regular tours) and the National Trust’s Peckover House is also the birthplace of Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust (museum open to visitors).

In the south-west corner of the Wash where the rivers Welland and Witham meet at Tabs Head, the River Welland leads to Fosdyke Yacht Haven at Fosdyke Bridge. Here the new purpose built marina provides a wide range of facilities including food at the newly refurbished ship inn.

On the western side of The Wash the historic town of Boston is one of Lincolnshire’s finest market towns with fascinating history and heritage to discover. Close to the town centre the Boston Gateway Marina on the River Witham is accessible from The Wash and the Haven via the Grand Sluice Lock.

Explore this Sail the Wash site for much more information about sailing in the region.

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