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St Alban's Head - QAVS

Welcome to NCI St Alban's Head Lookout Station

NCI St Alban's Head is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.  This award was made by Her Majesty the Queen to ourselves, and the 3 other 3 Dorset NCI stations, on a joint basis, in 2012.

NCI St Alban's Head is on the Jurassic Coast Path situated at the top of the cliff, to the south of the village of Worth Matravers, overlooking St Alban's Race, while to the west are Weymouth Bay and Kimmeridge Ledges, and to the east are Dancing Ledge and Anvil Point.


To contact the Lookout itself, during opening hours, (see below), please call 01929 439220.  Outside our normal hours, you may leave a voicemail, which will be actioned the next working day.   Please note that the Lookout is not equipped with e-mail facilities. 

General enquiries to the Station, for example: potential membership matters, participation in future events, or for information on donations, are preferably handled by e-mail. Please contact  - this e-mail address is checked frequently, but is not monitored 24/7.  Mail is reviewed and then actioned as necessary.

In case of maritime emergencies, out of hours: please call 999 and ask for HM Coastguard. 

Please note that the "Primary Contact" details shown below are our Station Manager's personal data, and do not connect with the Lookout. 




Access : 

The lookout is on the SW Coast Path and is also accessible by a rough track from Worth Matravers.

Visitor Policy: 
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing or when training is taking place, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may need to ask visitors to call back later. The station holds open days on most bank holidays: these are usually the weekends of Easter (4 days), late May Bank Holiday (3 days), and August Bank Holiday (3 days).
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Summer 2016 start and finish dates are subject to confirmation
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
During the winter months the lookout closes at sunset if earlier than 17:00. (Usually between the cessation of BST, in late October, and mid-February). The station is closed on Christmas Day.
50° 34.75' N
2° 3.41' W
OS Reference: 
SY 961 755
Station Post Code: 
BH19 3LN
Station Elevation: 
346'/105 metres
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted externally available 24 x7 call number displayed on unit for instructions
Station Telephone: 
01929 439220
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
St Albans Head NCI
Visual Horizon: 
17.4 nautical miles
Radar Horizon: 
17.4 nautical miles
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Philip Atlay
Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
01202 881554
NCI Lookout
St Alban's Head
Worth Matravers
BH19 3LN

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