Our base in Queen Anne’s Battery serves as the perfect gateway to explore the remarkable coastlines of Devon and Cornwall.The beauty of the rivers Fal and Fowey are great options if heading West, whilst the wonderful towns of Salcombe and Dartmouth are an easy day sail to the East, offering access to the beautiful Kingsbridge Estuary and River Dart.
As always with sailing, precise plans for the trip are highly weather dependent but we expect to make some of the highly recommended stops below.
A cruising classic, the picture-postcard port of Dartmouth is nestled below rows and rows of colourful, quaint little houses. Situated on the banks of the charming River Dart, it’s the perfect year-round destination for a short break, day visit or holiday. Although there are many gorgeous beaches to choose from, Blackpool Sands is a stunning spot just two miles west of Dartmouth which is well worth visiting. A recommended stop ashore is The Seahorse, an elegant bistro with an open kitchen and leather banquettes, and offerings of high quality charcoal-roasted fish and seafood.
At the most southerly tip of Devon lies the popular resort town of Salcombe. This pretty town sits on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary, an extensive yet naturally sheltered waterfront with striking coastal views. For a bite to eat, our top picks would have to be The Ferry Inn (pictured), a three-storey pub with lovely views of the Estuary and a charming waterside garden to relax in, or Hope & Anchor at Hope Cove, a stylish little spot tucked neatly behind Bolt Tail between Salcombe and Plymouth.
Last but not least! With rich maritime heritage and stunning surrounding countryside, this vibrant waterfront city has something for everyone. Known as Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth attracts tourists from all over world wanting to visit the Barbican, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth Hoe, Drake’s Island and the Royal William Yard to name a few. Perfect for a day trip!