Whitsand Bay to St. Austell

Introduction

This area runs from Whitsand Bay in the east to St. Austell in the west.

Times of high water

Looe: High water is 5 hours and 38 minutes before high water at Dover

Fowey: High water is 5 hours and 40 minutes before high water at Dover

Tidal streams

Between Looe and Rame Head: The east going stream begins at 3 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Plymouth (devonport). The west going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Plymouth (devonport). The east going stream reaches a speed of 0.6 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 0.3 knots at springs.. The east-going stream at the east end of Whitsand Bay starts earlier due to the eddy at Rame Head, beginning around 4 and a half hours after high water Plymouth. The west-going stream starts at roughly the same time across this area.

Looe Island: An eddy forms behind the island on the east-going stream from 1 hour before high water at Plymouth. Overfalls form south east of Looe Island on the Ranneys.

Inshore between Looe and Fowey: The east going stream begins at 4 hours before high water at Plymouth (devonport). The west going stream begins at 2 hours after high water at Plymouth (devonport). The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Fowey Harbour: The south going stream begins at 15 minutes before high water at Plymouth (devonport). The north going stream begins at 6 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Plymouth (devonport). The south going stream reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs. The north going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. The sea breaks when the wind opposes the ebb tide in the river entrance.

Gribbin Head: The east going stream begins at 3 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Plymouth (devonport). The west going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Plymouth (devonport). Flow is fairly weak. An eddy forms in St. Austell bay from 4 hours after high water Plymouth, such that the flow to the west of the headland is always either slack or southerly.

Mevagissey Bay and St. Austell Bay: Tides irregular and weak

Notes

Tregantle Ranges: Firing times can be checked with the coastguard, by calling 01752 822516 and online

Access/Egress

Portwrinkle: (SX 354 538) g Small car park near the drying harbour.

Seaton Beach: (SX 305 542) g Pay and display beachfront parking. The length of the carry will vary with the tide.

Looe Millendreath Beach: (SX 268 540) g Large area to drop boats near the beach before parking slightly back in a sizeable pay and display car park.

East Looe Beach: (SX 257 532) g Can be very busy - may be easier to paddle into the river.

Looe Bridge: (SX 254 535) g Steps near the bridge and the Quayside car park.

Talland Bay: (SX 224 515) g Pay and display car park by the beach and cafe. May be good to arrive early.

Polperro: (SX 209 509) g Whilst launching from Polperro's harbour is certainly possible, getting a car down to it during the tourist season is likely difficult, or, given traffic restrictions, impossible.

Fowey Gig Club: (SX 127 522) g Slipway in the Caffa Mill car park may provide an easier access point than either Readymoney or Polruan.

Polruan quay: (SX 126 510) g Slip near the ferry dock, with limited parking (more in a car park up the hill). Very steep drive down to the quay.

Readymoney Cove: (SX 119 510) g Slipway onto beach from a turning area at the end of the public road. Cars will need to be left a few hundred metres away at the car park to the north west - a footpath enables drivers to walk back to the beach.

Lostwithiel: (SX 106 598) g Picnic spot and parking just below the Tudor bridge.

Polkerris: (SX 093 521) g Limited parking by the beach, larger car park just up the hill.

Charlestown: (SX 039 515) g Slipway on west side of harbour mouth. Large car park 50 m to the north.

Suggested trips

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