Use this page to explore tide tables covering UK coastal climbing areas. Choose the Location, Month, and Year below, then click the Show Tides button to see the monthly tide table for that location.
- All times are calculated using GMT/UTC; add one hour to results between end March to end October.
- The tidal variations in and around the Isle of Wight/Solent area can be difficult to predict due to the influence of the island. For Totland Bay, Portland and Swanage areas in particular, the notes below might be worth reading.
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Notes on Tidal Variations in the Isle of Wight/Solent Area
From a climber’s perspective the normal expectation is that there will be two high tides and two low tides within any 24 hour period. The time between high tides being somewhere between 12 – 13 hours apart and the pattern being roughly sinusoidal as shown in the following profile.
The resultant tide table is quite straightforward…
|Thu 27 Jun|
|5.9 m||0.4 m||5.4 m||0.8 m|
For some locations in the area around the Isle of Wight, tidal streams are modified by the island and these ‘standing’ tides can increase the duration of high water. In a nutshell, low tides might not be as low as you’d like, nor as long as you’d like, and you might find yourself with wet feet! From a climber’s point of view, this affects the Needles, Portland, and Swanage areas.
The tides shown in this graph are much more confusing. Clearly some care is required when looking at a tide table which has more than the normal 2 high and 2 low tides in 24 hours. Particular attention should be payed to the height columns since these will indicate the real periods of high and low water.