Easter Fun Afloat – Cruise our Cornish Coast

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE020421 Fri 2 April (15.00) Mon 3 April (15.00) Fowey Fowey 4 £595 Book voyage »

Please note: all of Bessie Ellen’s bookings are now handled by Nikki’s own agency, VentureSail Holidays. By clicking ‘Book voyage’ you will be taken to a VentureSail booking form in order to secure your berths.


Time to shake off the winter blues and get yourself out on the water again! Early spring is one of the most delightful seasons in Cornwall and there can be no better way to celebrate our Easter holiday than at sea.

The county is very much home for Bessie Ellen, having worked in and out of Cornish ports over most of her working life. Nikki the skipper grew up here and knows the coasts and harbours well,  so she is able to choose all the best spots for your sailing break. Become involved as much as you like with the sailing by taking the wheel, navigating or hauling the ropes. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and soak in the experience of a traditional wooden ship under sail keeping eyes peeled for dolphins, a host of sea birds and even the odd whale! No experience is necessary as the ship has a fully trained crew who are on hand and keen to teach newcomers.

  • Moules mariniere
  • Dolphin jumping out of water
  • Bessie Ellen drone shot over Scotland
  • Bessie Ellen off Pendennis Point
  • Mussels
  • Guest on bord in Cornwall

Voyage Description

Setting sail from Fowey and heading west we hope to introduce to you in detail the  Cornish coast  and her ways of life between Gribben Head & Lizard Point.  On leaving Fowey river, the bright red and white day mark of Gribben Head sits proud and elegant marking the wide St Austell bay.  This rich bay was the centre of the China Clay trade with small ports arising on each of the compass points, massively constructed with fine  granite piers and breakwaters. Ships the world over visited these ports bringingt a life of hustle and bustle to load this valuable mineral.  Today,  snug under the white mountains of china clay lies the port of Charlestown,  a fine working example of an 18th century clay harbour and is a good stop ashore to visit and eat ice cream whilst admiring the tall ships and famous harbour construction.   To the West, Mevagissey is well sheltered from the driving winter gales between deep clefts of schist protecting the fleet of fishing smacks making the harbour a real delight, wander the ancient narrow streets, climbing high above the harbour for panoramic views.  Rounding the forbidding  Dodman where  high cliffs and wheeling gulls seem to make our ship appear very insignificant, we head for the busy port of Falmouth bay  and the unique estuary . An anchorage up the Helford river or Trelissick you feel the wonderful peace of the river and the quiet rhythm of life.


Experience More!

Life is not always about the ocean wave, and after sailing we love to get ashore and stretch our legs along the wonderful South West Coast Path,  a truly wild place to walk.  Through ancient oak woodlands that run along river banks, the scent of seaweed and wild garlic brings home the feeling of Spring.  Up on the higher cliff walks  you may catch a glimpse of the world’s fastest bird, the Peregrine falcon now  making a strong comeback along our coastline in recent decades and with luck you stand a good chance of seeing this awesome hunter in action.


After a good days sailing, in the warmth of the cosy saloon enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by our chef, Pete. All our food is sourced locally and sustainably where possible.   So long as there is a cream tea, (Cream first if Cornish)  we will all be happy.  If you have any dietary requirements, our chef will make sure you are fully  catered for.



If the weather is warm then look out for Basking sharks  as they move in from the ocean to  the plankton rich coasts of the Westcountry.   If luck is with you,  catch sight of them them zigzagging through the water as they feed. Noticeable by a large, dark triangular dorsal fin the shark filter feeds with open gills, filtering up to 2ooo tons of water per hour to gather the zooplankton and small fish.

Out to sea, shearwaters skim above wave tops, gannets plummet from great heights and Common Atlantic Dolphins join for a sleigh ride providing you with a unique glimpse into their watery world.




Useful Information

How to get there:

Join: Fowey town Quay Water taxi service

Regular train service to Par then bus or taxi.

Daily flights into Newquay Airport

By road via the A38 from Plymouth towards Liskeard/Saltash. At Twelvewoods roundabout follow St Austell. Pass through the town of Lostwithiel, and in about 4 miles turn left towards Fowey on A3082.  Cafe Mill car park on station road is  paid parking as is Station Yard car park.  Free parking off Park Road.

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Where to Stay:

There are a number of B&B’s and Hotels in Fowey at various prices. We can recommend The Old Ferry Inn at Boddinick

Visitor Attractions:

The Eden project is well worth a visit as is the National maritime museum. There are also some interesting and beautiful coastal walks.


Nikki :07800 825 382

Fowey Water Taxi: VHF Channel 6


Read our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a few common enquiries that we receive.