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Boat moorings in Christchurch

Christchurch Borough Council has a lease of the lower harbour. Here you can see the mooring facilities offered.

Trots moorings on south-east side of the harbour

Update January 2019

  • at the end of the 2018 season the trot licences were not renewed
  • inspections of the site in 2018 noted that sections of the chain were damaged and a replacement chain was required
  • funding has now been secured for the replacement
  • the council are in the process of appointing a contractor, with work provisionally planned for the Spring
  • the timetable for the work has yet to be determined. Previous licence holders will take priority when the trot moorings become available
  • If you are interested in a trot mooring, a waiting list is being maintained. Please email: with details of your boat and your contact details

A further update will be published in March 2019.

Prior to the chain renewal, there were 61 moorings, 12 suitable for boats up to 30ft (9.14m) and the remainder for boats up to 25ft (7.62m). These moorings have reasonable shelter from Hengistbury Head. There is no vehicle access on this side of the harbour and a tender is required to access them. 

The location of the moorings in the South-east of the harbour can be seen on the Google map below, click on the markers for each mooring's tag.

View a map of Trots Mooring Locations

Self-laid moorings at Mudeford in the north-eastern part of the harbour

There are up to 100 licences issued annually for self-laid moorings in this area. There are car parking facilities and a slipway on Mudeford Quay. Boats drawing more than 2ft 6 inches (0.79m) are restricted due to tides. At low tide boats must be able to sit on the sea bed. The location of the Self-laid moorings located in the north-eastern part of the harbour & Trots moorings located on the south-east side of the harbour can be viewed on the map below.

View a map of self-laid moorings

Some useful points about moorings

  • moorings are licensed on an annual basis from 1 December 2018 to 15 November 2019
  • moorings taken up after 1 August 2019 will be charged a flat fee for the remainder of the licence period
  • buoyage within the harbour and at the harbour entrance is provided by the Christchurch Harbour Association
  • there is no fee reduction for moorings taken up part way through the licence period, except after 1 August

Moorings fees and charges are detailed below. These prices include the Harbour Levy Fee of £10 and VAT at 20%.

Trots moorings (council laid) at Hengistbury Head

There are no moorings available at the moment.

Mudeford moorings (self-laid) in the lower harbour

Mudeford moorings (self-laid) in the lower harbour
Boat sizeAnnual Licence Fee
1 December 2018
to 15 November 2019

Up to 15ft


16 to 23ft
(4.88 to 7.01m)


24 to 28ft
(7.32 to 8.54m) 


Up to 23ft


24 to 28ft
(7.32 to 8.54m)


(There are currently vacancies within the self-laid mooring area)

These charges include VAT at 20% and the harbour levy fee. A discount of 6% is offered to qualifying Christchurch residents at licence renewal only (not on initial application) and who pay in full within a specified timescale.

Qualifying residents

In order to qualify for Christchurch Residents discount the licensee must be registered as a person who is liable for the payment of full Council Tax on the property in which they live within the Borough of Christchurch AND be the person whose name appears on the Electoral Register for the Borough of Christchurch at that address.

Application process

Applications for moorings can only be considered if supported by the following documentation at the time of application:

  • completed application form
  • appropriate fee (cheques to be made payable to Christchurch Borough Council or payment can be taken over the phone by credit or debit card)
  • evidence of Public Liability Insurance, minimum £1M
  • colour photo of boat

Application forms

Further information

Full details of the Moorings can be found in the Christchurch Boat Moorings & Storage Leaflet

Please also see the Trots Moorings Conditions & Regulations and the Self-Laid Moorings Conditions & Regulations.

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