Sy Michaels Mount Cornwall
Pilgrim Sailing off the Cornish Coast

Falmouth to Brixham Rivers & Coasts

Sail away from it all on-board our Falmouth to Brixham Rivers & Coasts sailing experience.

During  this 4 day sailing experience you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the south Cornwall and South Devon coastline has to offer.

It is a great way to see familiar places like Falmouth, Fowey, Looe, Plymouth, Salcombe, Start Bay and Dartmouth  from a different perspective.

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks are included and our Skipper and Crew will be on hand to make sure that you have a great time!

What to Expect on your Falmouth to Brixham Cruise

Leaving from Falmouth the bustling, historic port in Cornwall, this short break cruise offers the opportunity to sail some of the UK’s most scenic coastlines. The pace is relaxed, but there will still be  plenty of exhilarating sailing as well as many chances to photograph the rich marine wildlife along the route.

No two short break sails are exactly the same. However, a typical cruise from Falmouth to Brixham will take us from the River Fal and St Mawes to Fowey, past picturesque Looe with its fishermen’s cottages and array of small fishing vessels and onto Start Point, Slapton Sands and Dartmouth. Pilgrims home port of Brixham will be our final destination and your disembarkation point.

You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!

Points of Interest During your Falmouth to Brixham Rivers and Coasts Experience:

Beautiful Polperro Harbour Cornwall
Beautiful Polperro Harbour Cornwall

The picturesque and unspoilt coastline of Cornwall will be our backdrop for the first part of your onboard experience as we sail out of Falmouth towards Fowey, Polperro and Looe. All of these fishing villages still have their roots firmly planted within the fishing industry and thrive on bringing local seafood and shellfish to the tables of restaurants and cafes throughout the South West. As we sail up the coast there are many beautiful anchorages for us to choose from and time to go ashore if you would like to.

It is also quite likely that you will see accompanying dolphins and seals along the way as Cornwall is home to many species of these inquisitive sea mammals.

Once we enter Plymouth Sound we are into Devon and you will see the famous Smeatons Tower lighthouse right in the centre of the 3 mile sweep of this stunning natural harbour. Plymouth’s estuaries and coastline are all designated as special marine conservation areas.

Salcombe in Devon
Salcombe in Devon

Salcombe is the next beautiful harbour. It has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike looking to get away from it all! Until about 100 years ago the people of Salcombe earned their living solely from the estuary and the sea. Fishing, seafaring, and boatbuilding were the main occupations, but smuggling and piracy were also prevalent in the area!

As we raise the anchor and sail on, the famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles ahead. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger, involving 30,000 troops, a D Day rehearsal that went badly wrong.  A combination of an attack by German E-boats and miss timed friendly fire resulted in the loss of 946 men.

Between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded off the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. The lighthouse was built in 1836 and if you revisit on land,it is open to the public with guided tours showing the life of a traditional lighthouse keeper.

Dartmouth is often our last stopover and the ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River Dart.  We then pass the Mewstone rock just outside the mouth of the river.  This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise, common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls.

On the approaches to Brixham you will see the lighthouse built in 1906 which guards the dramatic limestone headland of Berry Head. This whole coastal outcrop is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home. Berry Head is also the site of a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804.  These fortifications were designed to protect Torbay from the French in the days when Torbay was considered a strategic naval anchorage!

We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some final shots of the amazing sea life.

As we arrive into Pilgrims home port of Brixham past the mile long breakwater, be sure to look up at the picture postcard  colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. Before disembarking, you will also see at close hand other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as day and deep seas fishing trawlers.

Brixham Breakwater and lighthouse
Brixham Breakwater and lighthouse

Weather- Wind and Tides!:

This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

This Cornwall to Devon Short Break Sail has always been popular and promises to leave you with some amazing memories to share when you are back on land!

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark PortFalmouth – Port Pendennis Marina / Brixham – Town Pontoon
Embark/Disembark DateSee sailing schedule
Embark/Disembark Time13.00 – 12.00 (noon)
Duration3 Nights
Max number of guests10
DestinationBrixham – Devon
What's Included:√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 8 nts. onboard accommodation √ Bunk linen (towels by request)
What's Not Included:× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels for swimming use × Joining or onward travel costs
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