Christchurch Harbour was formed about 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose at the end of the Ice Age. Christchurch Quay and Quomps lie in the upper reaches of the harbour and on the northern banks of the River Stour. The entrance to the harbour, known as 'The Run', is flanked by Mudeford Quay to the north and Mudeford Sandbank to the south.
The entrance channel is shallow and subject to constant movement, especially during the winter when at times there is no easily defined entrance. The channel is marked by red and green buoys which are repositioned by local fisherman when necessary.
At the downstream end of the Mudeford Quay Car Park there are two vertical green lights which mark the shoreward end of the channel where it joins 'The Run,' however, because of the channel no bearings can be given for these lights. 'The Run' itself is deeper but becomes very congested at times during the summer.
There is a public right of navigation on tidal waters in Christchurch Harbour and you have every right to enjoy your sport in this area. Do not forget however that other groups also expect to exercise their rights in the harbour and enjoy the amenity.
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