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Top sailing destinations in Cornwall and Devon

We are super lucky to have the Cornwall and Devon coast right on our sailing doorstep here at Bowman Yacht Charters. If you’re looking at exploring this wonderful coastline by boat this summer  here are some of our top sailing destinations along this scenic stretch.

Sailing in Falmouth, Cornwall

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to sailing in and around Falmouth. The Fal River stretches from the sea at Falmouth to the city of Truro, its natural harbour and enchanting river are surrounded by wonderful countryside, historic estates and vibrant wildlife. Moor up and explore Falmouth town with its bustling cobbled street full of the best local seafood restaurants and galleries near the marina. 

Sail to many of the great pubs on the river, The Ferryboat Inn on the Helford is a great spot for a bite to eat and for exploring the rest of Helford creek and its little coves – perfect for swimming and paddleboarding. Further up the river Fal towards Truro, you have The Pandora Inn, serving local food on their pontoon jetty with lovely views up the river. Trelissick Gardens and House are also worth a visit, this historical estate run by the National Trust is so grand and pretty, it’s a must to explore. 

Sailing in Fowey, Cornwall

Fowey Harbour is conveniently located about halfway between Plymouth and Falmouth. Like Falmouth it has an outstanding and extensive natural harbour which makes it one of Cornwall’s primary sailing centres. The River Fowey is a long, navigable river with numerous inlets and creeks to explore, extending north to the historic town of Lostwithiel. 

Fowey has quaint cobbled streets leading to local boutiques, gift shops and galleries. Enjoy some wonderful local cuisine on the quay overlooking the sheltered river. The river is full of history – visit the Daphne Du Maurier Literary Centre to find out about how this part of Cornwall inspired her books. Sail further along the Cornish coast and you’ll find Charlestown and Mevagissey which are both definitely worth a visit. 

Sailing in the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

The Isles of Scilly are a cluster of five island gems to explore; it boasts a plethora of dramatic, rugged coastline, steep rock faces and deep inlets. The stunning islands feature large stretches of deserted white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves, outstanding seascapes and amazing archaeological sites. You’ll find wonderful walks and beautiful scenery along the miles of coastal, country paths and nature trails. Visit each of the islands of outstanding natural beauty as well as numerous little uninhabited isles offering a safe haven for wildlife and seabirds. 

The gateway to the Isles of Scilly is St Mary’s, the largest island. Here you’ll find lovely little shops, traditional pubs and plenty of places to sit and explore the views. Bryher is the smallest island, it offers beautiful walks and with only 80 people living on the island you can see laid back island living – Hell Bay Hotel or Fraggle Rock Pub are a must-visit for a bite to eat or a drink. 

The second largest of the islands is Tresco, this is a subtropical gem and home to the famous Abbey Garden, established in the 1830’s by Augustus Smith. This place is a horticultural paradise and hosts more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world. Then there’s St Agnes, the most southerly of the islands – it is wonderfully unspoilt and peaceful with rocky outcrops and serene beaches and a sandbar between St.Agnes and Gugh. Whilst sailing the Isles of Scilly you will also come across lots of uninhabited islands that are amazing to explore by boat during the summer months. Anchor away from all the hustle and bustle and really explore the wild side of this amazing sailing destination.

Sailing in Salcombe, Devon

Salcombe is a beautiful coastal town sitting on the banks of the Kingsbridge Estuary, making it one of the prettiest towns in South Devon. This place is an area of outstanding natural beauty with its spectacular coastal views and rolling surrounding countryside – the perfect sailing destination. Visit Salcombe town which is lined with little independent shops, art galleries, and lots of restaurants serving locally caught seafood. You can also try their award-winning Salcombe Gin and Ice-cream. 

You’ll find golden sand beaches and turquoise sea, South Sands and North Sands are ideal family beaches, and just across the estuary you’ll find East Portlemouth. To the west you can sail to the beaches of Bigbury on Sea and Bantham, at high tide visit the famous Burgh Island, perfect for a spot of lunch.

Crossing the Salcombe SandBar is very historic and atmospheric with glimpses of Dartmoor far in the distance. Sail around the headlands, Start Point, Bolt Head and Prawle Point whilst taking in the stunning cliff silhouettes. Onshore you’ll find the South West Coast Path if you fancy some scenic walks on this wonderful coastline. Start Point Lighthouse is an iconic structure on this stretch of coast. 

There are endless little gems on this coast to visit by boat. Get in touch with us if you’d like to book a yacht charter to explore these scenic spots this year.




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