JL140717 – Weekend Summer Break – Our Cornish Coast by Tall Ship

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
JL140717 Fri 14 July (15.00) Sun 16 July (16.00) Fowey Fowey 3 £310 Book voyage »

Overview

A weekend to remember. Come and discover Cornwall with its sweeping bays, picturesque ports, and ancient market towns, joining our ship for this activity filled weekend exploring the coastlines around the historic port of Fowey under traditional sail.

Here, in this part of Cornwall, the dramatic coast gave inspiration to Daphne du Maurier for many of her  novels based around South Cornwall.  Her first, The Loving Spirit told about the Slade family, shipbuilders from Polruan building and sailing craft similar to Bessie Ellen.

  • Scottish crab pots
  • Scottish Loch
  • Overlooking Bessie Ellen in Charlestown
  • baby eagle nestling

Voyage Description

Over the weekend we will teach you as much as possible about the sailing and maneuvering of a ship, tacking up to the historic port of Charlestown and coming up to  anchor under sail. Our skippers interest is to show you how these ships were handled for centuries and this sheltered bay provides a perfect learning ground if you are new to tall ship sailing.

Rounding the Gribben we sail past Cannis Rock and Menabilly, where Rebecca, one of Daphne’s most famous of stories was centred. Sailing on past Lantic bay we may have time to set the topsails before a short visit to Polperro and Looe before finding an anchorage in a sheltered bay for the night.

A good walk is a great way to start or end the day and there are many circular walks to stretch our legs before returning on board for a fantastic meal prepared by our chef. Using the best of local ingredients, he creates such dishes as local cod with chorizo (cornish of course) and our home-grown pork from the moor is always a delight served with his  homemade medlar chutney.

Your weekend aboard will close with a traditional cream tea (cream on top!)back at our berth on the river in Fowey.

A weekend taster voyage for those that wish a hands-on experience.

This would be ideal as a gift, or an excellent way to see if you have sea legs, prior to venturing onto a longer voyage.

 

Wildlife

Our waters around the south coast of Cornwall are rich in diverse marine life and much of it is now protected.  Eelgrass beds off Helford are homes to seahorses, rocky headlands provide feeding grounds for Basking shark and if you are lucky you may be escorted by dolphins as you sail along.

Here in Cornwall you will find some of the most wonderful beaches in Britain.  Take a moment to re-live your childhood and scrabble around in rock pools, search the sands for mermaids jewels or take a longer walk onto the cliffs for great bird watching.  Fulmar, Gannet and small waders are popular.

  • Seabird taking flight
  • Dolphin jumping out of water
  • Seal on a rock
  • Scottish crab pots
  • Puffins and a rabbit
  • Seal heads in water

Useful Information

How to get there:

Regular train service to Par then take the local bus or taxi to Fowey.  Only 12 minutes.

By road via the A38

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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 run by local Frenchman!  Great food.

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.

Contacts:

Captain Rodger Barton 07721 651034

Fowey water taxi 07774 906730

Harbour Master 01726 832471

Old Ferry Inn

 

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

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