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The Charm of England’s West

From Southampton to Southampton

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10 Days

Encompassing all the beauty of England’s West Coast, this itinerary is a 10 day journey to the welcoming harbours and picturesque towns of a true UK haven. From the stylish excitement of Torquay to the island serenity of the Scilly Isles, a trip to this delightful region of the world guarantees charming ports of call, quiet beaches, and stunning scenes galore.

  • Day 1
    Southampton Water to Weymouth Harbour
    Southampton Water to Weymouth Harbour

    After being welcomed on board, enjoy a relaxed lunch in the marina before your cruise begins. The journey will take you out of Southampton Water and through the Western Solent, passing Cowes, the entrance to Beaulieu River, Yarmouth and finally Alum Bay and the Needles. From here, you will cross to the mainland’s breath-taking Jurassic Coast, which is a World Heritage Site. You will follow this impressive coastline westwards, passing Lulworth Cove, into Weymouth Harbour. The journey to tonight’s destination will take around three hours or so.

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  • Day 2
    Weymouth Harbour to Torquay
    Weymouth Harbour to Torquay

    After breakfast, head out of Weymouth and round Portland Bill. From Portland, cruise west across Lyme Bay towards the ‘English Riviera’ town of Torquay. You may be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins en route. Torquay is a stylish destination with a continental atmosphere. The promenade is palm tree-lined and the waterfront provides a lively focus of activity. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to have a look round the town at your leisure or visit one of the nine neighbouring beaches. If you are a ‘murder mystery’ enthusiast, you can retrace the steps of Agatha Christie – one of Torquay’s most famous former residents.

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  • Day 3
    Torquay to Salcombe
    Torquay to Salcombe

    A short trip across Torbay is the town of Brixham. Anchor here and take a water taxi or tender ashore for lunch. After exploring the town, return to the yacht and continue your trip along the coast to Salcombe harbour to moor for the evening. Salcombe is renowned for its spectacular coastline and neighbouring, tranquil countryside. This attractive town offers a range of unique shops including delis, gift and clothes stores, and galleries. Explore Salcombe’s charming, narrow streets by foot, or discover the estuary by tender.

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  • Day 4
    Salcombe to Falmouth
    Salcombe to Falmouth

    A journey of around three hours westwards will take you to the Cornish natural harbour of Falmouth. En route you will pass the Eddystone lighthouse. Falmouth has a rich maritime heritage and is still a regular start or finish point for trans-Atlantic crossings. It is also known for its excellent sandy beaches, so you will have the opportunity this afternoon to sample these for yourself.

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  • Day 5-6
    Falmouth to Scilly Isles
    Falmouth to Scilly Isles

    From Falmouth the Scilly Isles are located about 60 miles away. A combination of white sand beaches and beautiful natural landscapes, this archipelago offers a wonderful escape which is best explored by water. In order to make the most of this magical place at least two nights are needed. With more than 50 islands in the archipelago, there is plenty to explore. This afternoon you may wish to go straight to Tresco upon your arrival in the Scillies. Here, you can visit the world-famous Abbey Gardens, known for its amazing variety of plants which grow in the warm conditions of the Gulf Stream. Later, anchor at St Mary’s – the most populated of the five inhabited islands – where you can go ashore to sample some of the island’s hospitality. On your second day enjoying the isles, why not picnic ashore on one of the uninhabited islands – with the possibility of seeing wildlife such as seals and puffins. There are also lots of different activities that can be enjoyed in the Scilly Islands, such as horse riding, golf (there is a nine hole golf course with excellent views of all of the other islands), canoeing, abseiling and, of course bird-watching. After a full day, return to anchor at St Mary’s. This is the perfect location to enjoy a sunset before heading ashore to enjoy some local cuisine.

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  • Day 7
    Scilly Isles to Plymouth
    Scilly Isles to Plymouth

    It will be an early start today, leaving at first light. The journey to the next overnight destination – Plymouth – is about six hours. However, en route to Plymouth you will stop in Fowey. Fowey is a picture-postcard holiday town, arguably one of the most idyllic in Cornwall. It is a wonderful place to drop anchor and enjoy a delicious lunch on board. Later, continue your journey (another hour and a half from here) to the city of Plymouth. The harbour here is one of the largest in the world and has provided Plymouth with a rich maritime and naval history.

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  • Day 8
    Plymouth to Torquay
    Plymouth to Torquay

    After breakfast, depart Plymouth and head east along the coast. Passing Salcombe, enter the Dart’s estuary and cruise gently upstream to Dartmouth. Anchoring off Dartmouth, take a water taxi or tender ashore to explore this attractive town. The ancient narrow streets and cobbled square are lined with eclectic shops – boutiques, delis and art galleries. You may wish to extend your visit to enjoy lunch at one of the town’s restaurants, pubs or cafes. Once you’ve had your fill, return to the superyacht and complete today’s cruise to Torquay.

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  • Day 9
    Torquay to Poole
    Torquay to Poole

    Begin today’s cruise at first light. You may wish to get up early to see the sun rise ahead of the ship’s bow, or you can take your time and have breakfast at sea while enjoying the views of the Jurassic Coast. You will reach Studland Bay in time to drop anchor for lunch. Located just outside Poole Harbour, this bay boasts a National Trust beach and tranquil waters in prevailing winds. The afternoon can be spent at leisure in this idyllic location before taking a slow cruise into Poole Harbour. Tonight’s berth will be at Poole Quay.

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  • Day 10
    Poole to Southampton
    Poole to Southampton

    The journey of around two hours from Poole to Southampton will take in sights such as Hengistbury Head, Hurst Castle and The Needles. Your UK journey comes to an end back in Southampton.

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