Welcome to NCI Cromer.

The lookout station overlooks the famous Devils Throat, a notorious area of the North Sea, respected by mariners through the ages. This busy Seaway holds many dangers for Shipping: Sand Banks, Oil Rigs, Gas Platforms and Wind Farms. All the traffic from the North East and Eastern Ports on transit to Europe and beyond pass our station. 

This North Norfolk coastline is also a busy tourist location. From our cliff-top position we have a commanding view over Cromer beach to the west of the famous pier, with the RNLI station and slipway clearly visible, to East Runton beach and beyond. We watch out for vulnerable people on the beach and water sports enthusiasts and can forewarn the Coastguard of actual or potential incidents at sea in order that a lifeboat can be launched at the earliest opportunity.

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has 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 facilitates communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations can respond to requests from passing, as well as local sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks as well as actual weather and sea state conditions. They are also be able to provide on request information on a range of local facilities including, for example, local moorings, charted anchorages, water taxi contact details and local hazards.
The facility became operational on 1 October 2014 when National Coastwatch stations went live for the first time on Channel 65. All stations are equipped with a dedicated radio for this purpose and the service has in some cases replaced the practice of some stations holding a licence to operate on Marina Channel 37. Accordingly all NCI Marina Channel licences have been surrendered.

Visitor Policy
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout, although when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty Watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later. March 2020 Corona virus measures may be in place and updated on a regular basis. Please abide by the watchkeepers' advice. Thank you for your understanding.
Local Hazards
Sand Banks, Oil Rigs, Wind Farms, Cliffs and Tourist Beaches
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Humber
Current weather and sea conditions are available by phone during watch hours or via vhf ch 65.
Defibrillator Available: 
Station Telephone: 
01263 519751
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
CCTV 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: 
Cromer NCI
Other Watch Information: 
Radio: Channel 31 Listening Watch. (Lifeguards and RNLI LB)
Visual Horizon: 
12 nautical miles

Station Info

Station Address
NCI Cromer
East Runton Car Park
Beach Road
NR27 9PA
Station telephone number
01263 519751
Station email address
Station contact
Linda Lawrence
Station contact role
Station Manager
07944 047392
Summer opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Open from the start of British Summer Time. May extend PM watches depending on beach population
Winter opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Sunday, March 29, 2020
From the end of BST. Close 1600hours or dusk
52° 56.20' N
001° 16.50' E
OS Reference: 
Station Elevation: 
114.8 feet 35 metres
Visual features of station
NCI Cromer is a demountable modular building situated on a cliff top overlooking Cromer and East Runton Beaches


Currently 56 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 Hornsea in the East Riding of 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.


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0300 111 1202

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