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Hurst Road

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Hurst Road is situated immediately within the Western Solent, close north of Hurst Point, outside and on the approaches to the entrance to Keyhaven. It offers an easily accessible and convenient anchorage just off the beach.

Situated in an open roadstead Hurst Road makes for a tolerable anchorage in moderate westerly component conditions. Access is straightforward as there are no outlying dangers and the water shoals predictably.
Please note

On some tides there can be a tendency for vessels to lie side-on and role.




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Keyfacts for Hurst Road
Facilities
Slipway availableMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.



Last modified
July 17th 2018

Summary

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Slipway availableMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



Enquiries  +44 1590 645695 [River Warden]      Ch.37 [River Warden]
Position and approaches
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Haven position

50° 42.539' N, 001° 32.984' W

This is about 100 metres off the beach at the foot of Hurst Point Light.

What is the initial fix?

The following Keyhaven Initial fix will set up a final approach:
50° 42.802' N, 001° 32.520' W
This is the position of the Yellow race mark (March - November) situated off Pennington Spit.


What are the key points of the approach?

The entry and the run-up thorough The Solent and Southampton Water are covered in
The Solent and Isle of Wight Route location coastal description.

  • Use details provided for Keyhaven Click to view haven for local directions.



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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Hurst Road for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Keyhaven - 0.2 miles NW
  2. Totland Bay - 1 miles S
  3. Yarmouth - 1.1 miles E
  4. Alum Bay - 1.6 miles SSW
  5. Lymington Yacht Haven - 1.7 miles NNE
  6. Lymington - 1.7 miles NNE
  7. Freshwater Bay - 1.8 miles SSE
  8. Berthon Lymington Marina - 1.8 miles NNE
  9. Scratchell's Bay - 2 miles SSW
  10. Newtown River Entrance - 3.3 miles ENE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Keyhaven - 0.2 miles NW
  2. Totland Bay - 1 miles S
  3. Yarmouth - 1.1 miles E
  4. Alum Bay - 1.6 miles SSW
  5. Lymington Yacht Haven - 1.7 miles NNE
  6. Lymington - 1.7 miles NNE
  7. Freshwater Bay - 1.8 miles SSE
  8. Berthon Lymington Marina - 1.8 miles NNE
  9. Scratchell's Bay - 2 miles SSW
  10. Newtown River Entrance - 3.3 miles ENE
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How to get in?


Hurst Road is situated outside and on the approaches to Keyhaven off the ruins of an old pier set into the beach at the foot of Hurst lighthouse. It is an open roadstead situated immediately inside the entrance to the western Solent.

Use Keyhaven's Click to view haven approach details for local directions and hazzards. The deep waters of the Solent shoal quickly once Hurst High Light is passed abeam.



Haven location Anchor according to draft 50 to 100 metres off the beach in sand and gravel with the lighthouse bearing about southwest. Land by tender on the shale beach.


Why visit here?
Hurst Roads is a very useful anchorage that is often overlooked. It is an open roadstead, in which yachts can turn sideways and roll at times, but other than that it is an excellent berth with very good holding.

For larger vessels Hurst Roads provides access to Keyhaven without the complications of the shallow bar, and the burden of securing moorings and their associated fees. Likewise it has the benefit of free access and exit at any stage of the tide. This makes it the ideal location to visit Hurst Castle as covered in the Keyhaven Click to view haven entry.




Hurst Road makes for an ideal lunch stop and many local vessels find it the ideal position to watch races entering or exiting the Solent. It also provides an excellent tide wait location for yachts exiting The Solent via the Needles Channel, or a late berth for those arriving in and planning on addressing their final destinations in daylight.


What facilities are available?
None except for what may be had as described in the Keyhaven entry.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Keyhaven.


With thanks to:
Alison MacFaden, Roy Plummer and Steve Wood Keyhaven River Wardens. Photography Michael Harpur.


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