Bristol Channel Tides

The Bristol Channel or Môr Hafren in Welsh has the second highest tidal range in the world, the first is Bay of Fundy in Canada. Tidal currents are strongest, deepest and shallowest on Spring Tides.

The channel separates South Wales from South West England and extending from the lower estuary of the River Severn (Afon Hafren in Welsh) to that part of the North Atlantic Ocean known as the Celtic Sea (Môr Celtaidd in Welsh).

For information regarding tide times for the Bristol Channel area please click on the link below:

Easy Tide Prediction (provided by the UK Hydrographic Office)

The Bristol Channel, on both the Welsh and English sides has more miles of Heritage Coast seaboard than any other stretch of water in the U.K. Its over 30 miles (50km) across at its widest point.

Major islands in the Bristol Channel are Lundy, Steep Holm and Flat Holm. These islands are mostly uninhabited and protected as nature reserves, and are home to some unique wild flower species.


Interesting fact - Bristol Channel Tsunami 1607 : On 30 January 1607, thousands of people were drowned, houses and villages swept away, farmland inundated and flocks destroyed when a flood hit the shores of the bristol channel. The devastation was particularly bad on the Welsh side in the Newport and Chepstow.