Brightlingsea Harbour, Brightlingsea

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Brightlingsea Harbour is a small mixed leisure and commercial port with a rich heritage, situated in Brightlingsea Creek close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries.



The Harbour is within a nature conservation area of international importance. The River Colne is navigable on the tide for 7 miles to Colchester in Essex and the River Blackwater is navigable for 11 miles to Maldon. Brightlingsea is a day sail from most ports on the Thames Estuary.



Brightlingsea Harbour is a Trust Port managed by Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners. The Harbour Master leads a dedicated team of permanent and seasonal staff who oversee the day to day activities within the Harbour.



The Harbour provides a total of about 500 berths and moorings and welcomes many visiting boats, which can number 100 on a busy weekend. Boats of up to 50 feet (15m) and 8 feet (2.5m) draft can be accommodated and a warm welcome awaits all. Facilities at Brightlingsea Harbour have steadily been upgraded over recent years and now includes the addition of a laundry facility for Harbour users and the sale of diesel fuel from a floating barge berth. Arrange your visit to Brightlingsea Harbour and discover more family-friendly attractions in Brightlingsea using our Brightlingsea journey maker site .
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  • Strolled along the promenade from teh carpark up by the tower, passing the beach huts, the open air pool, then into the town and to the harbour edge. The area is unspoilt with a natural landing beach....  more »
  • We took the foot ferry from Mersea for a day out some great crabs from the pontoon bought line and bait very reasonable prices from the fishing shop across the road the children loved it Some lovely.....  more »
  • We were looking for somewhere to take the kids crabbing near Clacton, This was about 20 minutes away . Had a great little jetty which was perfect for crabbing off the side , great fun for couple of...  more »
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