Welcome to Newhaven NCI lookout
Newhaven NCI lookout is built on the cliff top on Castle Hill 175 feet above sea level. It provides a panoramic view of Seaford Bay from Newhaven Harbour entrance to Seaford Head eastwards and to the ocean off Brighton westwards as well as to seaward into the shipping lanes of the English Channel. On a clear day, a total exceeding 400 square miles can be observed. There is very good coverage for VHF radio reception.
The lookout at Newhaven was built in the early 1960s to replace a small lookout inside Newhaven Fort.
VHF radio news: channel 65
The NCI has recently been allocated a national licence by OFCOM for the use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Channel 65 will facilitate communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations will be able to respond to requests from passing, as well as local, sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks in addition to providing actual weather and sea state conditions. They will also be able to provide, on request, information on a range of local facilities and hazards. This facility is scheduled to become operational on 1 October 2014 when all NCI stations will go live on Channel 65.
Vehicular access is restricted to those on watch. Visitors should note that there are steep stairs to ascend in order to gain access to the lookout. There is no alternative access for those with mobility issues.