Tor Bay Harbour

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There are very few nautical hazards within Tor Bay however visitors should be aware of items listed below along with the Tor Bay Harbour Bye-Laws.

Scallop and mussel nurseries

There is a scallop nursery at the north of the Bay (south of Thatcher Rock) and a mussel nursery at the south of the Bay (northwest of Fishcombe Cove). Both of these areas are marked and on up to date nautical charts. Mariners are directed not to attempt to navigate through these nurseries.

Ski Lanes

There are ski lanes located at Livermead Beach and Elberry Cove.

Speed limits

Between May and September 5 knots markers are positioned off the coast throughout Tor Bay waters. Vessels are not permitted to exceed 5 knots between these markers and the shore.

Reef Paignton

There is an eastern cardinal mark to the east of Paignton Harbour indicating a reef to its west. Mariners are advised not to navigate to the west of this mark.


Vessels that require pilotage must contact  Pike Ward Ltd, Old Quay, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8EU, Email - , Tel - +44 (0) 1626 772311 1 Hour before arrival on VHF Channel 12.

Wave Bouy

Wave Buoy

Channel Coast Observatory have a wave monitoring buoy position in the centre of the Bay at these coordinates. Mariners are advised to keep clear of the following location: 050°433N 003°517W.

Fishing pot markers

Throughout the year fishermen lay pots within Tor Bay, mariners are advised to keep a look out for markers when navigating in the Bay.

Please be cautious of cuttlefish traps as there are several hundred situated within the shallow areas of Tor Bay Harbour waters during the spring. These will all be removed prior to the summer season.

Harbour approaches

You’ll find useful information regarding Tor Bay Harbour and the approaches to the three enclosed Harbours of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton on Admiralty Chart No. 26 - ‘Harbours on the South Coast of Devon’.

All three Harbours have commercial traffic including fishing vessels and ferries so please follow buoyage rules and any instructions given by the Harbour authority. Please do not exceed 5 knots within the enclosed Harbours.

Torquay harbour port approach

Torquay harbour starboard approach