Bank holiday sailing ideas from Plymouth
We’ve got a few bank holidays on the horizon and what better way to spend a long weekend than getting out on the water. If you’re heading out from King Point Marina, here’s a selection of some of the best sailing trip ideas from Plymouth.
Kingsand, Cawsand Bay
The approach to Kingsand, Cawsand Bay is wide, safe and sheltered from the south-westerly winds. This free anchorage is a wonderful place to have a spot of lunch or an overnight stay. There’s lots of room to land on the beach, which is a lovely place to go for a swim or hire a kayak or SUP and most importantly, there’s easy access to a great choice of pubs! On the other side of the sound is Jennycliff, this is a great anchorage in a northerly or easterly wind, there’s deep water nearby in Witheyheadge Beacon which is generally obstruction-free.
Cellar Bay, River Yealm
This secluded beach is off the beaten track for landlubbers, so it’s a paradise for sailors! There’s lots of space to anchor off the beach and lots of caves for you to explore once you’re onshore. The Ship Inn in Noss Mayo is a mile away, or you can just anchor up, sit back and enjoy the scenery – it’s a really good sheltered spot in an easterly breeze!
Polkerris, St Austell Bay
At high tide you can tie up at the old harbour wall on this secluded beach. There’s a great pub and cafe on the shoreside or you can just drop anchor offshore. If you fancy taking a stroll, join the South West coast path and walk up to Gribbin Head to see the famous red and white tower, locally known as ‘the stack’, which marks the entrance to Fowey Harbour. Alternatively, you can stay on the beach, go for a swim, hire a SUP and enjoy the calm waters.
Dittisham, River Dart
Set sail beyond the main towns of Dartmouth and Kingswear on the River Dart and head north past Agatha Christie’s house. The cruise past the busy towns becomes peaceful with tall woods lining both sides of the river. When you reach Dittisham it opens up into a large bay where you’ll find a great pub, The Ferryboat Inn, where there’s plenty of visitor moorings.
The river Fal has such a lot to offer, on one side of the river you have the busy and historical town of Falmouth with Pendennis Castle, a bustling high street, old quays and the maritime museum. On the other side you’ve got the stunning St.Mawes village with the infamous castle and St.Anthony’s Head. When you head upstream, you’ll find large ships laid up and The Pandora Inn pub on the edge of Restronguet creek, with its beautiful winding inlets and coves, this place is full of wonderful wildlife to look out for.
We hope you have a bank holiday full of sailing planned and we’ve inspired you with our sailing ideas from Plymouth. If you’re looking for berthing options in Devon over the bank holiday, King Point Marina offers lots of berthing options to suit all visitors.