• Burnham Overy Staithe


Burnham Overy, one of the local villages know collectively as ‘The Burnhams’ is notable for its harbour and its name, ‘Overy’ meaning ‘Over the river,’ in this case, the River Burn. Less than a mile away is Burnham Thorpe, the birthplace of Horatio Nelson who, according to local records, learnt to row and sail from Burnham Overy Staithe.

In centuries past, Burnham Overy was the port for the Burnham villages but with the silting of the river, commercial traffic switched to the Staithe downstream and with the subsequent coming of the railway, ceased altogether early in the early 1900s.

Today, this attractive drying harbour is a centre of much small craft activity, both leisure and fishing. While not a prospect for the cruising yacht visitor, unless prepared and able to take the ground, the day sailor, wishing to launch over a tide would be hard pressed to find greater enjoyment than from pottering around the creeks and salt marshes out of Burnham.

For local advice before your visit, please consult the Harbour Warden.

Useful information

  • Bottled gas available from nearby suppliers within walking distance
  • Draft – All moorings dry. Contact the Harbour Warden if a mooring is required
  • Slipway and well established sailing club

Harbour contact details

Address: Harbour Way, Burnham Overy Staithe, Burnham Overy, PE31 8JE

Electricity provided
Water providedCans can be filled nearby
Showers/toiletsPublic toilets
24 hour CCTV coverageNo formal security
Sewerage pump out
Waste oil
General waste
Diesel salesCan be obtained from local garage

Services & Information

For places to visit in and around Burnham Overy and information on making the most of a visit, look at:

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