South Shore Road
Picturesque coastal towns, naturally occurring harbours and spectacular views across Britain's Jurassic Coast – prepare to see the UK as you've never seen it before with our week-long itinerary.
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 phenomenal Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. You will follow this magnificent coastline westwards, passing Lulworth Cove into Weymouth Harbour. The journey to tonight’s destination will take approximately three hours.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board before heading out of Weymouth and round Portland Bill. From Portland you will cruise west across Lyme Bay towards the ‘English Riviera’, otherwise known as Torquay. Keep your eyes peeled – you may be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins on the way! Torquay is a sleek and stylish destination with a continental atmosphere. The promenade is lined with palm trees and the waterfront is always alive with activity. Spend the afternoon exploring the the town at leisure or visit one of the nine gorgeous neighbouring beaches. For those with a passion for 'murder mysteries', you can even retrace the steps of Agatha Christie.
Brixham lies just a short cruise away from Torquay. Your captain will anchor here and you can take the tender ashore for lunch. After exploring the town, return to the yacht and continue your cruise along the coast to Salcombe harbour where you will moor for the night. Renowned for its spectacular coastline and neighbouring, tranquil countryside, Salcombe is adored by visitors. It offers a range of specialist shops including gift and clothes stores, delis selling local produce and galleries. Explore the narrow streets of Salcombe’s picture-perfect streets by foot, or discover the estuary by tender.
Next on the itinerary, you will visit the natural harbour of Falmouth, Cornwall. En route you will pass Eddystone lighthouse, built in 1882. Home to a rich maritime heritage, Falmouth is still a regular start or finish point for trans-Atlantic crossings. It is also renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches which you will get the opportunity to make the most of!
Once more begin your day with a freshly prepared breakfast on board as you begin your journey to the next overnight destination – Plymouth. En route to Plymouth you will anchor in Fowey. Fowey is a picturesque holiday town, arguably one of the best in Cornwall. Enjoy a delicious lunch with views over the spectacular coastline. In the late afternoon continue your journey (another hour and a half from here) to the city of Plymouth. The harbour here is one of the world's largest and as a result and has provided Plymouth with a fascinating maritime and naval history.
After breakfast depart from Plymouth and head eastwards along the coast. Passing Salcombe, enter the Dart’s estuary and cruise upstream towards Dartmouth. Your captain will anchor off Dartmouth. Take the tender ashore and explore the town. The historic winding streets and cobbled square are lined with specialist shops and boutiques. If you wish to you can choose to extend your visit to enjoy lunch at one of the town’s restaurants, pubs or cafes. Once you’ve had your fill of dining and exploring, return to the yacht and complete the final leg of today’s cruise to Torquay.
You will embark on today’s cruise at first light. If you're a morning person wake up early to witness the sun rise ahead of the bow, or alternatively enjoy a leisurely breakfast at sea while enjoying the views of the beautiful Jurassic Coast. You will reach Studland Bay in time to drop anchor for lunch. Located just outside Poole Harbour, Studland Bay boasts a National Trust beach and calm waters despite any prevailing winds. Spend the afternoon in this idyllic location before taking a relaxed cruise into Poole Harbour. Tonight’s anchorage will be at Poole Quay.
For your final day the journey from Poole to Southampton will take about two hours. Marvel at sights such as Hengistbury Head, Hurst Castle and The Needles on the journey. Your cruise of the British coast will come to an end back in Southampton where you will disembark.