The Wash is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a designated European Marine Site.
It’s 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.
Explore our many harbours. They offer something for everyone.
Blakeney, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is an ideal base to explore the north Norfolk Coast.
Morston Quay is part of Blakeney National Nature Reserve which is internationally important for its habitats and offers great wildlife viewing opportunities all year round.
Cley is a former port left stranded by the receding sea. The Cley Old Harbour Restoration Project has endeavoured to return the quayside harbour to a usable port.
The town on the River Witham with its historic connections with the Pilgrim Fathers is working hard to provide mooring facilities for visitors from seaward. Meantime, for motor vessels not constrained by air draft, passing through the Grand Sluice; the sea lock provides tranquil, non-tidal moorings and for those with time, perhaps a day or more in the cathedral city of Lincoln.
Brancaster Staithe Harbour was once a busy port, sailing ships carried cargo of coal and grain, for a malt house said to be the biggest in England. Trade declined in the 1800s, but a thriving fishing industry survives, and today the harbour bustles with pleasure craft.
Burnham Overy Staithe harbour is hidden just off the A149 coast road. On a fine day as high tide approaches, the quay comes alive with sailors of all ages and abilities, keen to get onto the water and practise their skills.
This once small commercial port on the River Welland in the south-west corner of the Wash now boasts a welcoming, all afloat marina with full boatyard facilities, not to mention the renowned ‘Ship Inn’ just a few short steps away.
King’s Lynn’s new visitor moorings are situated on South Quay adjacent to the historic heart of King’s Lynn. The quay itself provides a select choice of bar, restaurant and tearoom facilities, whilst all the facilities of the town centre are just a few minutes’ walk away.
On the River Nene, a short distance from the river mouth, where there has been a river crossing for centuries sits Cross Keys Marina. Immediately below the 1897 swing bridge is a splendid, sheltered safe haven and the village nearby has all the usual facilities for those making a short stop-over.
Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast has been a port and a largely natural safe-haven for ships and boats for at least 600 years. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, pontoon berths are just inside the quay to the west, and visitor moorings available on request.
Wisbech Yacht Harbour provides safe, secure moorings within the River Nene. Its 128 fully serviced modern marina berths, with Crab Marsh Boat Yard nearby, offer excellent amenities within the Georgian town of Wisbech.