The southern Cornwall coastline is a stunning area for exploration. Fowey and Looe can be reached within 3/4 hours sailing but you can extend your sail to reach Falmouth, the Helford River and Penzance. However, the mecca of sailors in the south west is to sail to the tropical-like Isles of Scilly. With plenty of harbours, villages and coves to explore, there are plenty of options as you sail west from Plymouth.
The beautiful fishing port of Looe is a gentle 13nm sail from Plymouth. Split into two towns, East Looe and West Looe, the town offers many pubs and restaurants for a lunch stop. The harbour has a few visitor berths and moorings, however the berths along the wall often dry out at low tide.
Fowey and Fowey River:
Flanked by steep hills, the entrance to Fowey harbour is truly stunning. Fowey town is a hugely popular sailing town and is full of pubs, shops and restaurants. There is ample mooring available and a water taxi operates during the summer months.
It is well worth navigating up Fowey River if you have the time. The water stays deep through most of the tide and you can follow the river for several miles to Golant and the beautiful Lerryn River.
Fal River, Falmouth and St Mawes:
Arguably the most popular sailing destination in Cornwall, Falmouth and the Fal River is a huge playground for marine activity. Home to the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth is a buzzing coastal town and a great place to stay and explore. Anchorage is available within Falmouth harbour or off nearby Gyllyngvase beach but the beach and Carrick Roads can be choppy in S-SW winds.
Fal River extends all the way to Truro but is only reachable during high tides. However, you can sail to the famous Smugglers Inn where General Eisenhower stayed in the days before D-Day and to the beautiful Pandora Inn.
St Mawes is the eastern side of Carrick Roads, opposite Falmouth. The small fishing town offers plenty of swinging moorings and anchorage but the harbour dries at low tide. The town has a lovely walk to St Mawes Castle and a small ferry connects you to St Anthony's Lighthouse and a lovely three mile walk.
Isles of Scilly:
A true mecca for sailors in northern Europe is the cluster of tropical-like islands of Scilly. Positioned 28miles off Land's End, only 5 of the 140 islands are inhabited allowing for plenty of exploration! A haven for wildlife and rare plant species, these islands are truly unique.
St Mary's, the most populated island, offers berthing in the harbour and on swinging moorings. The neighbouring island of Tresco also offers moorings, plus there are various anchorages around the islands.
Cruising Distances from Plymouth Yacht Haven
|Cawsand & Kingsand
|Isles of Scilly
Please note that this information should only be used as an informal guide to destinations, and is not a substitute for recognized pilotage and navigational information.
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