Leisure Information

Slipways and Landing Points

Barbican Dinghy Pontoon
A short stay dinghy pontoon is available for public use free of charge on the Barbican, at Commercial Wharf, installed by the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners in partnership with Plymouth City Council.
The pontoon is used at your own risk, as follows:

  • Short Stay Only – 4hrs maximum.
  • Up to 4m LOA.
  • Vessels left at your own risk.
  • No swimming from the Pontoon.
  • Vessels in breach of the above or found misusing the pontoon will be removed, and a £50.00 recovery charge applied.


Risk assessment for the Barbican Dinghy Pontoon can be downloaded Here.

Public Slipways
There are a a variety of public slipways in the Cattewater, available to use free of charge. Slipways in the Cattewater can be found at:

  • Oreston.
  • Mount Batten.
  • Elphinstone.
  • Commercial Wharf.

The slipways in the Cattewater are managed by Plymouth City Council. For information on these slipways and public landing places visit the Plymouth City Council website. 

PCC do not charge for the use of their slipways, but all vessels using Cattewater Harbour are liable to pay harbour dues.

There are also slipways located elsewhere in Plymouth, such as North of Laira Bridge, and Richmond Walk although you should check for permission before launching from these sites. 

When launching or landing from these slipways, please bear in mind other users. When afloat you should adhere to all bylaws and codes of conduct for the waterway you are operating in.


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