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Cheekpoint is situated on the southeast coast of Ireland and is located ten miles within the western shores of Waterford Harbour at the confluence of the Suir and Barrow Rivers. It is a small completely drying harbour that may only be used by vessels that can take to the mud. However, leisure craft can anchor close north of the harbour in the river.

Cheekpoint is situated on the southeast coast of Ireland and is located ten miles within the western shores of Waterford Harbour at the confluence of the Suir and Barrow Rivers. It is a small completely drying harbour that may only be used by vessels that can take to the mud. However, leisure craft can anchor close north of the harbour in the river.

Vessels that can take to the mud will find complete protection from all conditions. The wide, unhindered and well-marked Waterford Harbour estuary provides safe access, night or day and at any stage of the tide.
Please note

Tidal streams are a prime consideration within Waterford Harbour; a strong adverse current will make for slow progress, conversely, a favourable passage current will make the estuary quickly traversable.




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Last modified
May 4th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A completely protected location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Water available via tapShop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
Berth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierRestriction: rising tide required for accessNote: could be two hours or more from the main waterwaysNote: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



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Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 16.348' N, 006° 59.745' W

On the northeastern pierhead.

What is the initial fix?

The following Waterford Harbour marked channel initial fix will set up a final approach:
52° 8.332' N, 006° 57.695' W
This is 600 metres south by southwest of the Waterford Channel No.1 starboard-hand marker (Fl.G.2s on a bearing of 009°T). It is directly east of Creadan Head, upon the eastern side of the Waterford Channel where at night the Dunmore East leading lights alternate white/green will be seen.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southeastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Rosslare Harbour to Cork Harbour Route location. Seaward approaches, along with the run up the harbour, are covered in the Port of Waterford Click to view haven entry.


Not what you need?
Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Cheekpoint for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Buttermilk Point - 0.5 miles SE
  2. Seedes Bank - 0.7 miles SSE
  3. Ballyhack - 1.2 miles SSE
  4. Passage East - 1.3 miles SSE
  5. Arthurstown - 1.5 miles SE
  6. Little Island - 1.8 miles WSW
  7. Duncannon - 2.3 miles SE
  8. Port of Waterford - 2.6 miles W
  9. Dollar Bay - 3.5 miles SSE
  10. Creadan Head - 3.5 miles SSE
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Buttermilk Point - 0.5 miles SE
  2. Seedes Bank - 0.7 miles SSE
  3. Ballyhack - 1.2 miles SSE
  4. Passage East - 1.3 miles SSE
  5. Arthurstown - 1.5 miles SE
  6. Little Island - 1.8 miles WSW
  7. Duncannon - 2.3 miles SE
  8. Port of Waterford - 2.6 miles W
  9. Dollar Bay - 3.5 miles SSE
  10. Creadan Head - 3.5 miles SSE
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence






Cheekpoint, charted as Cheek Point, is a village set ten miles within and on the western shores of Waterford Harbour. It is located confluence of the River Suir and the River Barrow and fronted by a small drying quay. The pretty village is set into Malting Woods that rise up the 150 metre high Minaun Hill immediately behind. The Barrow Bridge and Great Island Power Station, on the opposite shore, make the village easy to locate.

Convergance Point Use the Port of Waterford Click to view haven for details of seaward approaches, entry to Waterford Harbour and the run up the estuary.
Initial fix location From the initial fix, set in the middle of the entrance, head northeast for the ‘Waterford’ port marker buoy and then pick up the No. 1 and 2 buoys of the fairway. From there follow the Port of Waterford directions up to the Passage Spit mark about seven miles above Hook Point.
Please note

Be careful not to cut to the west of this mark. As the channel turns gradually to port after the mark, suggesting the inner path, and the light structure breaks the convention of port hand marks, it is a common mistake.



Continue past the facing villages of Passage East and Ballyhack with their regular ferry crossing between them.
Please note

During peak summer season the ferry crosses in excess of 300 times a day and within very tight margins. It should not be impeded.





Above Passage East, the best water may be found along the western shore. Here excellent depths will be found at a distance of from 100 to 200 metres from the rocks.



Approaching Cheekpoint, the confluence of the rivers Suir and Barrow, Kilmokea Power Station and the railway swing bridge appear to the north. As Kilmokea Power Station is approached a very hard turn to port is required to follow the River Suir’s deepwater fairway.

Cheekpoint will be found on the port side on the southern shore opposite the rail bridge. The harbour has a dredged and marked channel that faces east-northeast.
Please note

On the outgoing stream a strong rip tide extends from Snowhill Point to Cheek Point. This is brought about by the meeting of the streams from the Rivers Barrow and Suir.





Haven location The small harbour, channel and immediate vicinity dries out as much as 200 metres from the shore at low water. There are however a few berthing options available at Cheekpoint.

Leisure vessels may anchor, in a depth of 2.5 metres about 200 metres north of Cheekpoint Pier just inside the channel. This is a better option in settled conditions as the boats need to swing with the tide to make it comfortable. Good mud holding will be found here.
Please note

Vessels should anchor in such a fashion that they cannot swing out and encroach upon the shipping channel. Boats that swing out are likely to get moved by the Waterford harbour master.



Boats planning to stay alongside need to come alongside the wall at high water and take to the mud. The eastern pier has been entirely replaced in 2013. Shallow draft vessels can find up to 1.5 metres at springs, and 0.6 metres at neaps, just inside the north wall but this decreases the further a vessel progresses into the inner harbour.

Boats planning on a short visit would find their best option alongside the outside of the north wall, or the very end of the west face of this wall. An extra metre will be found on the outside walls providing a tidal visitor with the most shore time.
Please note

Please be sensitive of local boatmen and fishermen who also need to use this highly serviceable part of the harbour wall.




What's the story here?
Cheekpoint, in Irish Pointe na Síge that translates to ‘point of the streak’. The name is thought to originate from a river rock called Carraig na Síge. Near low water mark the rock shows a trail, or streak, of foam on the ebb tide. The village was called ‘Bolton’ or ‘Bolton Inn’ during its heyday but this name ceased to be used and the original is the only one recognised.

After the Norman conquest of Leinster King Henry II granted the Bristol Aylward family 7000 acres of pastureland that included Cheekpoint and its surrounds. The Aylward family held the area for more than half a century until 1649 when they refused to renounce Catholicism and Oliver Cromwell dispossessed them. Cromwell then gave the estate to one of his serving officers Captain William Bolton. In 1779 Cornelius Bolton inherited the Faithlegg Estate from his father and it was Cornelius that almost singularly shaped the Cheekpoint that we know today.

Cornelius Bolton (1751–1829) was a very progressive landlord with a keen interest in developing the estate and helping his tenants to progress. Sleater’s "Topography of Ireland" published in 1806 notes "Mr. Cornelius Bolton lives very retired in the country and has employed a considerable part of his fortune in building a large village where he has established several important manufactures, particularly looms. The industry which he encourages in his colony renders it probable that his expense will be repaid him, and that it will become an object of utility to the public and of profit to him although suggested by motives of humanity ".

He built the impressive Faithlegg House in 1783 with its extensive surrounding grounds. We are further told that to the ‘spirited exertions’ of Mr. Bolton the citizens of Waterford were said to be primarily indebted for the establishment of the packets from England. This was the station or terminus at which the mail packets from Milford Haven in England taking mail and passengers for southern Ireland stopped, providing Cheekpoint with the potential to be a prosperous village.

To capitalise on the trade this brought he built Cheekpoint pier, Sleater's continues: "Mr. Bolton spared neither trouble nor expense in making it a suitable landing place for the passengers on the packets to and from England……. [the area was given the name] Bolton, formerly called Cheekpoint, cotton factory and hosiery, established by Mr Bolton. A most commodious Inn for passengers in the packets to and from Milford Haven in Pembrokershire. Clearly, the Boltons had transformed the area to such an extent that Cheekpoint had taken on the name ‘Bolton’ or ‘Bolton Inn’.

However, disaster was to come almost overnight. The upper reaches of the Waterford Estuary presented some difficulty for sailing vessels and the British Government decided to move the Packet Station to much more accessible Dunmore East in 1814. Sleater's mentions this at his time of writing "the diversion of these packets [station from England] from Cheekpoint to Dunmore East would be a serious loss to the proprietor of Cheekpoint who had expanded a considerable sum of money on hotels and other accommodations, unless Parliament should take this loss into consideration". On July 1, 1818, the transfer of the mail packet to Dunmore East took place. The Dunmore East transfer of the mail packet signalled the end for all the Cheekpoint enterprises. When the shipping and passenger business diverted the village’s enterprises all failed and Cornelius Bolton sadly went bankrupt in 1819. In subsequent years the Dunmore East harbour silted and it too was to be made obsolete by the arrival of steam that made the River Suir easily navigable. The packet station was subsequently transferred directly to Waterford and the Dunmore packet station was likewise abandoned.

Cheekpoint continued as a fishery harbour in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1995 a series of 200 metres long groins were built out into the river to the west of the harbour. The Cheekpoint Bar had been encroaching upon large vessels travelling to the Port of Waterford and the groins were constructed to divert it. An unfortunate consequence of these was the silting of Cheekpoint harbour making it only suitable for small craft that can take to the mud.

Today Cheekpoint is a pleasant little fishing village. Set on the headland above the confluence of the rivers Suir and the twin Rivers Barrow and Nore. It offers views of the rivers and the 650 metre Barrow Bridge and, save for the industrial complex of Great Island Power Station, it is exceedingly beautiful.

Above the village, the 150-metre high Minaun Hill, Gaelic for mountain meadow by a river, is still clothed in the Malting Woods that were planted by Cornelius Bolton. It provides walkers with wonderful panoramas over the Suir Estuary and nearby Faithlegg Golf Club. The ‘Suir Inn’ by the harbour is still trading and largely within the same building that was built by the Bolton Family. Likewise, his Faithlegg House is in pristine condition and now a hotel.

From a boating perspective, this is an excellent place to stop off for lunch in a nice quiet spot. Visitors can enjoy beautiful walks and enjoy some excellent pub food plus there are some small provision shops within walking distance at Cheek Point.


What facilities are available?
There is a good pub and small shop at Cheekpoint. Waterford city is a taxi ride from here and Waterford Airport is within 15 KM offering scheduled flights to the UK and mainland Europe.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred at this location.


With thanks to:
John Carroll, Ballyhack, County Wexford, Ireland. Photography with thanks to Michael Harpur, Burke Corbett, Keith James and Meg Lessard.


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About Cheekpoint

Cheekpoint, in Irish Pointe na Síge that translates to ‘point of the streak’. The name is thought to originate from a river rock called Carraig na Síge. Near low water mark the rock shows a trail, or streak, of foam on the ebb tide. The village was called ‘Bolton’ or ‘Bolton Inn’ during its heyday but this name ceased to be used and the original is the only one recognised.

After the Norman conquest of Leinster King Henry II granted the Bristol Aylward family 7000 acres of pastureland that included Cheekpoint and its surrounds. The Aylward family held the area for more than half a century until 1649 when they refused to renounce Catholicism and Oliver Cromwell dispossessed them. Cromwell then gave the estate to one of his serving officers Captain William Bolton. In 1779 Cornelius Bolton inherited the Faithlegg Estate from his father and it was Cornelius that almost singularly shaped the Cheekpoint that we know today.

Cornelius Bolton (1751–1829) was a very progressive landlord with a keen interest in developing the estate and helping his tenants to progress. Sleater’s "Topography of Ireland" published in 1806 notes "Mr. Cornelius Bolton lives very retired in the country and has employed a considerable part of his fortune in building a large village where he has established several important manufactures, particularly looms. The industry which he encourages in his colony renders it probable that his expense will be repaid him, and that it will become an object of utility to the public and of profit to him although suggested by motives of humanity ".

He built the impressive Faithlegg House in 1783 with its extensive surrounding grounds. We are further told that to the ‘spirited exertions’ of Mr. Bolton the citizens of Waterford were said to be primarily indebted for the establishment of the packets from England. This was the station or terminus at which the mail packets from Milford Haven in England taking mail and passengers for southern Ireland stopped, providing Cheekpoint with the potential to be a prosperous village.

To capitalise on the trade this brought he built Cheekpoint pier, Sleater's continues: "Mr. Bolton spared neither trouble nor expense in making it a suitable landing place for the passengers on the packets to and from England……. [the area was given the name] Bolton, formerly called Cheekpoint, cotton factory and hosiery, established by Mr Bolton. A most commodious Inn for passengers in the packets to and from Milford Haven in Pembrokershire. Clearly, the Boltons had transformed the area to such an extent that Cheekpoint had taken on the name ‘Bolton’ or ‘Bolton Inn’.

However, disaster was to come almost overnight. The upper reaches of the Waterford Estuary presented some difficulty for sailing vessels and the British Government decided to move the Packet Station to much more accessible Dunmore East in 1814. Sleater's mentions this at his time of writing "the diversion of these packets [station from England] from Cheekpoint to Dunmore East would be a serious loss to the proprietor of Cheekpoint who had expanded a considerable sum of money on hotels and other accommodations, unless Parliament should take this loss into consideration". On July 1, 1818, the transfer of the mail packet to Dunmore East took place. The Dunmore East transfer of the mail packet signalled the end for all the Cheekpoint enterprises. When the shipping and passenger business diverted the village’s enterprises all failed and Cornelius Bolton sadly went bankrupt in 1819. In subsequent years the Dunmore East harbour silted and it too was to be made obsolete by the arrival of steam that made the River Suir easily navigable. The packet station was subsequently transferred directly to Waterford and the Dunmore packet station was likewise abandoned.

Cheekpoint continued as a fishery harbour in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1995 a series of 200 metres long groins were built out into the river to the west of the harbour. The Cheekpoint Bar had been encroaching upon large vessels travelling to the Port of Waterford and the groins were constructed to divert it. An unfortunate consequence of these was the silting of Cheekpoint harbour making it only suitable for small craft that can take to the mud.

Today Cheekpoint is a pleasant little fishing village. Set on the headland above the confluence of the rivers Suir and the twin Rivers Barrow and Nore. It offers views of the rivers and the 650 metre Barrow Bridge and, save for the industrial complex of Great Island Power Station, it is exceedingly beautiful.

Above the village, the 150-metre high Minaun Hill, Gaelic for mountain meadow by a river, is still clothed in the Malting Woods that were planted by Cornelius Bolton. It provides walkers with wonderful panoramas over the Suir Estuary and nearby Faithlegg Golf Club. The ‘Suir Inn’ by the harbour is still trading and largely within the same building that was built by the Bolton Family. Likewise, his Faithlegg House is in pristine condition and now a hotel.

From a boating perspective, this is an excellent place to stop off for lunch in a nice quiet spot. Visitors can enjoy beautiful walks and enjoy some excellent pub food plus there are some small provision shops within walking distance at Cheek Point.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Passage East - 1.3 miles SSE
Creadan Head - 3.5 miles SSE
Dunmore East - 4.6 miles S
Dunabrattin (Boatstrand) - 8.6 miles SW
Stradbally Cove - 12.1 miles WSW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Little Island - 1.8 miles WSW
Port of Waterford - 2.6 miles W
New Ross - 4.5 miles NNE
Buttermilk Point - 0.5 miles SE
Seedes Bank - 0.7 miles SSE

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