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Sennen Cove Harbour
 

Lat / Long :
50° 04.8 ` N
5° 42 ` W
NGR :
351 - 264

Sennen Cove Harbour supports a small fleet of commercial fishing boats ; and is home to a fleet of small pleasure-fishing boats.
The largest boat is about 5 metres overall length. There is an electric winch to haul the boats across the beach and onto the slipway. A tractor is used by local fishermen but is not available to visiting vessels except through the harbour management in an emergency.

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 (Port Limits) of the Harbour Commissioners extends from Aire Point at the northeastern end of Whitesand Bay
in a straight line to Little Bo rock (western rock of Cowloe) then in a straight line to Irish Lady rock, west of Pedn men du.

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 / assistance.

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 Bay difficult.

It is regretted that , for safety reasons, jet-skis are not permitted to operate from the harbour.

Low Water
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 solely 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.

Harbour Car Park
Ticket enforcement is 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.
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 enforcement payments go to the enforcing organisation and not the Harbour Commissioners.
Clamping is not employed.

TICKETS MUST BE VISIBLE TO THE ENFORCING OFFICER - THE TICKETS HAVE STICKY BACKS TO ALLOW THEM TO BE STUCK TO WINDSCREENS AND DASHBOARDS - BEWARE OF WINDY CONDITIONS - IF HE CAN`T READ ALL OF YOUR TICKET HE WILL ISSUE A PENALTY.

Any disputes concerning penalty notices should be taken up with the enforcement company using the information on the ticket.
The Harbour Authority will not respond to penalty ticket issues.

Harbour Car Park 2015
"Pay & Display" charges.
Up to 2 hours : £1
up to 4 hours:- £2
All day - permits parking until 0900 next day :-: £3.50
Car Park proceeds are reinvested into the Harbour infrastructure.



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.

Trailored 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)



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