Rhyl Harbour: Pilotage advice (general advice to Mariners)

Tidal access

Rhyl Harbour is located at the western end of Rhyl and is the boundary between Rhyl and Kinmel Bay.

The Harbour has a drying height of 4 metres above Chart Datum and vessels wishing to visit or stay at the harbour over low water should be capable of drying out and taking the ground.

Contact us

VHF Channel: 14

Office Phone: 01824 708400

Duty Officer: 07766 133320

The Harbour Office
Horton's Nose Lane
LL18 5AX

Email: rhyl.harbour@denbighshire.gov.uk

Pedestrian / Cycle Bridge

Access to and from the inner harbour is via the Pedestrian / Cycle Bridge, lifting of the bridge will be on demand, subject to wind strength and whenever the height of tide is such that the harbour and approaches are navigable.


  1. When entering Rhyl Harbour: To arrange bridge opening, contact the Harbour Office on arrival at the Seaward Perch at position N53°19.45- W003°30.43 when advice covering access via the bridge will be given.
  2. Departing Inner Harbour: Prior to leaving a mooring and exiting the inner harbour contact the Harbour Office to arrange bridge opening, do not depart the mooring until approval is given.
  3. In the event of actual wind speeds of Force 7 and above, the bridge will be closed (not navigable). Should the bridge be closed due to weather conditions or not operable for any other reasons, vessels may berth on the outer harbour pontoons following approval of the Harbour Office.
  4. Some small craft will be able to pass through the bridge when it is in the closed position at their own risk.

Courses and Distances


Courses and Distances shown are as accurate as the drawing scale available allows and should be used with caution.

If proceeding to the inner harbour leave No. 14 and No. 16 beacons to port, and the centre harbour pontoon to starboard (marked at both seaward and landward ends with a Preferred Channel to Port Beacon, Green Conical Topmark and G (2+1) 6s Light ). Pass under the Pedestrian / Cycle Bridge southern span. On exiting the bridge the best water lays to the northern (Starboard) side of the inner harbour. Proceed to your allocated berth.

If remaining in the outer harbour take up your berth after passing No. 12 beacon when safe to do so (when manned):

Buoys and Marks

Bouys and Marks at Foryd Harbour
Buoy / MarkDescriptionLightsTo Next Mark
      Course Distance
Waypoint 1 Seaward Perch Light Q.R. 160° 0.03 NM
Number 2 Beacon Port Hand Beacon Fl.R(2) 4s 160° 0.093 NM
Number 4 Beacon Port Hand Beacon Fl.R(2) 4s 173° 0.087 NM
Number 6 Beacon Port Hand Beacon Fl.R(2) 4s 180° 0.086 NM
Number 8 Beacon Port Hand Beacon Fl.R(2) 4s 187° 0.087 NM
Number 10 Beacon Port Hand Beacon Fl.R(2) 4s 198° 0.073 NM
Number 12 Beacon Port Hand Beacon ISO.R 4s 221° 0.055 NM
Number 14 Beacon Port Hand Beacon ISO.R 4s 233° 0.055 NM
Number 16 Beacon Port Hand Beacon ISO.R 4s 233° 0.049 NM


  1. Tidal flows in the approach channel and harbour areas are strong (3 Knots +) at times.
  2. On the approach the best water is in the area of 5m to 20m off each of the port hand beacons.
  3. Vessels on reciprocal courses should pass port to port.

Other Navigation Lights and Beacons

  • Seaward end of outer harbour wall displays a 4m vertical tower showing 2 x vertical F.G lights
  • The seaward end of the outer harbour quay pontoon is marked with a starboard hand day mark and a Fl.G(2)4s light. The landward end of the pontoon is marked with a Fl.G(2)4s light.
  • Both spans of the bridge structure are marked by 2 x vertical fixed green lights on their starboard side and 2 x vertical fixed reds on the port side of each opening span.