Cruising Suggestions

Moorings and Storage Weir Quay Boatyard near Plymouth Devon South West

There are a wealth of cruising possibilities in the area.  One of the joys of sailing in this beautiful location is coming across secluded anchorages and the exploration of creeks and estuaries.

There are spectacular inland cruising waters surrounding the Boatyard and good anchorages for 6 miles upriver of Weir Quay, past the National Trust quayside at Cotehele and beyond the Cornish village of Calstock with its impressive viaduct to the historic Morwhellam Quay. Downstream there is the Lynher/St. Germans River which is navigable on the tide for 4 miles and there is a lovely anchorage at Dandy Hole.

Cawsand Bay is an excellent anchorage in south westerly and westerly weather with good facilities ashore.

Further west from Plymouth you find Fowey, with Looe and Polperro in between.  Carry on to Mevagissey and Falmouth, the Helford River and Penzance.  

Then, for those wishing to go further the beautiful Scilly Islands are a delight, each island with a character of its own.

If you wish to explore east from Plymouth we recommend Noss Mayo, Bigbury Bay and the River Avon (a tricky entrance, but a gem for owners of shallow draught boats), Salcombe, Dartmouth and the lovely Dart River.

These are just a few suggestions from many wonderful places to visit and explore along the coast.  

We recommend The West Country Cruising Companion  by Mark Fishwick, a very comprehensive and informative guide which we have in the Shop here at WQB.

Imray's companion: The West Country, Lyme Bay to the Isles of Scilly, by Carlos Rojas and Susan Kemp-Wheeler is also good on detail for our local area.