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Bristol Channel

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Bristol Channel

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Bristol Channel is a tidal estuary in the United Kingdom.



  • Bristol, (Visitor moorings available at the City Docks and Portishead Marina).
  • Cardiff, (Visitor moorings available at Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina).
  • Newport, (Visitor moorings available at Newport & Uskmouth Sailing Club).
  • Swansea, (Visitor moorings available at Swansea Marina).

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The Bristol Channel limit is a line stretching from Hartland Point in North Devon, running past Lundy Island onto St Govans Head in South Pembrokeshire. North Cornwall and Western and Northern Pembrokeshire are therefore outside of the limit of the Bristol Channel, and are considered part of the Atlantic ocean, more specifically the Celtic Sea branch of the Atlantic. However, somewhat confusingly, the shipping lane area of this zone, "Lundy" includes everything from Lands End to St Davids Head, so therefore some of the Atlantic coast places of Cornwall and Pembrokeshire are included on this list.

It should also be mentioned that the Atlantic coasts of Cornwall and Pembrokeshire still have the same massive tidal range of the Bristol Channel - for example, at St Ives, at low tide the sea goes a very long way,


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The Bristol Channel is a tidal estuary on the South West of Britain. It accomodates pleasure vessels throughout many marinas and tidal harbours from the St. Ives on the North Cornwall Celtic Sea/Atlantic coast, past Hartland Point into technically the Bristol Channel zone in the West, to Sharpness in the East on the South side England, and from the West Pembrokeshire Atlantic/Celtic Sea coast of Milford Haven in the West to Chepstow in the East on the North side Wales. There is also a large quantity of commercial traffic serving the larger ports at Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot, Swansea and the West Pembrokeshire Atlantic coast atMilford Haven.

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When sailing in the Bristol Channel don't forget that this is a very challenging sailing area with very strong tidal currents, with the second highest tidal range in the world next to Bay of Fundy.

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