About Nells Point


Nells Point coast Watch station,The first NCI Station established on the Welsh coast,Is built on the site of a derelict Coast Guard station. With funding from the Welsh Assembly Government and the Vale of Glamorgan Council it was rebuilt to a very high standard.

The official hand over and opening ceremony took place on the 16th of Febuary 2007,The first watch took place on Saturday 17th febuary 2007.

NCI Nells Point is situated on Barry Island on the coastal path between Whitmore Bay and Jacksons Bay.The  station overlooks the busy Bristol Channel

From the watch tower we have views of the Somerset coast line from Weston Super Mare in the east, the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm; and down to Foreland Point on the Devon coast in the west. On the Welsh side we have a good view of Sully Bay and Sully Island (and causeway) in the east and Friars Point down to Rhoose Point in the west

All commercial traffic bound for Barry,Cardiff,Newport and all ports around Bristol pass by Nells Point, with the pilots for commercial traffic using the upper Bristol Channel being based at nearby Barry Harbour.

With numerous yacht clubs, charter fishing boats, and beaches either side of the station,Watchkeepers are kept very busy, especially during the summer months.

The Bristol Channel  has the second highest tidal range in the world, second only to the Bay of Fundy in Canada, and can reachin excess of 15 metres.

The tallship TS Stavros S Niarchos passing the station



A View from the Air (with thanks to Christopher Thomas)


Currently almost 60 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Filey in North Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








The words National Coastwatch Institution and Eyes Along the Coast and the NCI logos are Registered Trademarks of NCI.

Contact Details

0300 111 1202
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0845 460 1202
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17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB