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Exploring West of Plymouth

Leaving Plymouth and heading west opens you to the unique and stunning Cornish coastline. With plenty of harbours, villages and coves to explore, there are plenty of options for day sailing and longer trips.


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. 

Cruising Distances from Yacht Haven Quay

To the west: 

Cawsand & Kingsand 4 n.m.
Looe 13 n.m.
Fowey 24 n.m.
Mevagissey 27 n.m.
Falmouth 41 n.m.
Helford 43 n.m.
Penzance 65 n.m.
Isles of Scilly 94 n.m.

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.