Watermouth Harbour is situated on the North Devon coast just to the east of Ilfracombe and less than 30 minutes’ drive north of Barnstaple. The Harbour is considered to be one of the most stunning locations on this coastline and has kept its status due to its seaside heritage, spectacular views and local amenities including the wonderful South West Coastal Path which is particularly popular with families.
The harbour provides a most convenient base for exploring the unspoilt North Devon coastline with its wide range of anchorages and harbours including Lynmouth, Clovelly, Ilfracombe and Lundy Island.
The Bristol Channel is also open for the more adventurous with landing places such as the Isles of Scilly, Southern Ireland and many destinations along the Welsh coast.
Merry Wives of Windsor at the harbour on Friday, 28 July 2023. Click here for tickets and more details.
Parking charges will apply and the show goes on whatever the weather (unless fork lightning).
This beautiful natural harbour covers almost 15 acres and provides a safe and secure anchorage with moorings for 120 boats accommodating sizes from 13 foot. It is a drying harbour so is not suitable for fin keel boats. All moorings are fore-and-aft and anchored to the sea bottom by a combination of chains and concrete blocks. Annual moorings are available with short or weekly stays for visitors. Please see our tariff page and registration form on the following pages
Ashore, there are WC and shower facilities, a chandlery, a thriving yacht club and also a temporary sailing club.
The very popular Storm in a Tea Cup Cafe operates from a converted rescue boat and serves breakfast, lunch and delicious cream teas throughout the day. For opening hours please refer to their Facebook page.
The Harbour is administered by its own harbour master, Rob Lake, who is on hand for useful advise.
Please note CCTV is in operation at the harbour.