Crossing the Bar – Tales of Wells Harbour

Harbour Office Opening Times

Summer
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Winter
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Harbour Master, or staff on duty, will be present on the tide during peak season (beginning of June to end of August).  For the remainder of the year (September to end of May), a VHF listening watch will be maintained.

Emergencies

For emergencies in or around the harbour and coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.  At sea, call Humber Coastguard, VHF Ch.16.

Written by Robert Smith MBE and Zoe Dunford

As long-serving Harbour Master, and former lifeboatman, the stories Robert Smith tells in this landmark book capture the soul of Wells-next-the-Sea, on the North Norfolk coast. He reveals the characters and events that have shaped the history and spirit of this historic coastal town. From maritime disasters ‘crossing the bar’ and secret wartime experiments, to smuggling tunnels and dodgy dealings by landowners and early harbour commissioners — this book boasts historical detail and human drama in equal measure.

“A hymn to the most beautiful coastline in the world and its magical creeks, marshes and secret history. Robert Smith tells vivid stories of this wild landscape, but also of its resilient people and the great community-next-the-sea.
Essential reading for anyone who loves North Norfolk, or has ever sat and eaten fish and chips by the Port of Wells.”
Patrick Barkham
The Guardian

Also available to purchase in person at the Harbour Office (£19.50) or by calling 01328 711646.   Add £3.00 for orders requiring postage.  All profits of the book go to Wells Harbour Maritime Trust and other local charities.

The Wells Harbour Maritime Trust (WHMT)
is a charity registered in England and Wales No. 1136392