River Medina Cruising Guide

Berthing    Charts    Fuel    Tides    Water Taxis    Weather

The River Medina is navigable beyond the hustle and bustle of Cowes to the Folly Inn and Island Harbour Marina, and as far as Newport if your draught permits.  This is generally a much quieter stretch of the river with a more rustic feel and some good opportunities for walking and cycling.

The Folly Inn is a well-known yachtsman's watering hole perched on the banks of the river and noted for its good food and lively atmosphere, especially on summer weekends. 

Island Harbour Marina began life as a tide mill and is now set in a picturesque location about 2 miles south of Cowes

About 2 miles further on you come to Newport, an ancient port and the Isle of Wight's county town, and this is the place to go for some retail therapy and evening entertainment, as well as seeing some of the Isle of Wight's interior using local transport services.

Please note that the River Medina dries south of the Folly Inn.

River Medina Charts

2793            Cowes Harbour and River Medina

See Cowes for general charts and approaches


River Medina Berthing

Island Harbour Marina, VHF Ch 80
Mill Lane, Binfield, Newport PO30 2LA - +44(0)1983 539994
Maximum LOA: 20m.  Maximum draft: 2m
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, laundry, Wi-Fi, chandlery, lift out, storage ashore, boatyard services, bar, restaurant, bike hire

Folly Reach Pontoon, VHF Ch 69 (Folly Launch)
Directly opposite the Folly Inn
Water available on pontoon.  Toilets and showers at the Folly Inn.  Water taxi between pontoon and pub.

Newport Harbour, VHF Ch 69
Harbour Office, Town Quay, Newport PO30 2ED - +44(0)1983 525994
Pontoons with approximately 1.4m 2 hours either side of High Water, bilge keelers can lie alongside the pontoons
Water, electricity, toilets, showers


Quick Links

Cruising Guides

UK Cruising Guide

Solent and Isle of Wight Cruising Guide

Cowes Cruising Guide

River Medina Fuel

Available in Cowes

River Medina Tides

Admiralty Easytide
Tidal predictions for the Folly Inn for the next 7 days

River Medina Water Taxis

Folly Ferry
VHF Ch 69
+44(0)7887 725922

Folly Waterbus
VHF Ch 77
+44(0)7974 864627

Island Harbour Ferry
+44(0)7825 016943
Water taxi from Newport, Island Harbour Marina to Cowes and the Hamble

River Medina Weather

Weather reports from Bramble Bank

Met Office
Inshore waters forecast for Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis

Solent Coastguard
Broadcast weather messages after an announcement on VHF Channel 16