Sennen Cove Harbour is a Trust Port , established by
a Parliamentary Order in 1907. The Harbour is administered on behalf of
the Government by a board of Commissioners ; members being drawn from
Harbour users and local authorities and organisations.
The sea area of jurisdiction of the Harbour Commissioners extends from
Aire Point at the northeastern end of Whitesand Bay
across Gwenver and Sennen Beaches, around Pedn-men-du Point to the Irish
Lady Rock .
There are few facilities at the Harbour for visiting craft ; and the approach
from seaward is hazardous and should not be attempted without local knowledge
There is a charge of £10 per vessel per day for visiting boats wishing
to launch from the Harbour . Permits can be obtained from the Car Park
Supervisor , or pre-booked via the Harbour Manager. The Harbour is popular
with diving groups , particularly when easterly conditions make Mount`s
It is regretted that , for safety reasons , jet-skis are not permitted
to operate from the harbour.
Divers launching near low water.
The Harbour Commissioners operate a large car park as part of the Harbour
complex - this is a "pay and display" car park. Access to the Harbour
from the car park is down a steep slipway at the northern corner of the
park. Proceeds from the car park are used to maintain the harbour facilities.
January 2009 - The Commissioners have decided that the use of harbour property for quad-biking and skate-boarding is to be prohibited. This includes the harbour beach and is purely on the grounds of safety.
June 2009:- New tariff for the car park `pay and display` includes 24 hour facility for holiday cottage occupiers - rates at foot of page
July 2010:- The car park ticket enforcement operation is now being carried out by an external organisation.
The car park is regularly visited by officers of this organisation and cars parked without a valid ticket on display or not parked within the marked bays will be liable to a penalty ticket. The rates for these tickets are £85; or £42.50 if paid within 2 weeks.
Vehicles parked on the Commissioner`s entrance road to the car park (anywhere west of the lifeboat house)
or in the wharf area used by the Cove`s commercial fishermen will also be liable to ticketing.
Please note that these payments go to the enforcing organisation and not the Harbour Commissioners.
Clamping is not employed.
|Harbour Car Park
"Pay & Display" charges.
Up to 2 hours : £1
up to 4 hours:- £2
All day - permits parking until 0900 next day :-: £3.50
Notes for those planning to launch vessels from Sennen Cove
The difficulties and potential dangers of operating small boats from Sennen Cove should not be under-estimated . This is the Atlantic Ocean - the area is littered with rocks and shoal areas ; subject to the Atlantic swell , and affected by strong and varied tidal streams.
Trailered vessels of up to 6m can be launched down the western slip (see above) with suitable 4x4 vehicles.
Launching is possible other than at medium spring tide low water, or lower.
The exit channel from the Cove to the east is marked by large `dhan` markers, primarily for use of the lifeboat.
Keep within these markers until the two diamonds in the cliff above the pub are in transit (appx 160 / 340), then turn to
port and exit on appx 340`. Do not deviate from this route !
Exit to the west through `The Tribbens` is safe near high water in fine conditions
There is an 8 knot speed limit in force within the harbour and inshore parts of the bay.
Recovery of vessels is tricky - a stout length of rope is required and the best advice is to ensure the vehicle remains on the
concrete slipway. The sand - especially when dry - is very soft.
Canoeing and Kayaking are also popular - always be aware of the environment; hazardous overfalls exist at certain states of the wind and tide off Land`s End and around the Longships. If in doubt ask for local advice.
Always advise Falmouth Coastguard of passage plans etc. (01326 317575 or vhf ch 16)