Harbours East of Falmouth

 St Mawes

Aeriel St Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula view from Falmouth

St Mawes is picturesque with pretty cottages, beautiful views and a medieval castle.

Taking a walk from the harbour to the castle is a pleasure in any weather and there are plenty of pubs in which to refresh. The pasties from the bakery on the quay are a real delight and for the gastronomes

View from Tresanton Hotel over looking St Mawes HarbourSt Mawes has more than its share of fantastic hotel restaurants such as the Tresanton (frequented by Royals), and the Idle Rocks Hotel.

The harbour commissioners have a number of visitor moorings SE of the town which also provides a sheltered anchorage in wind from the NW through to S. In a strong southerly swell can seep round into the harbour making it uncomfortable so keep an eye on the Met.?

Check out www.stmawes.info from our links page.


The small fishing port of ‘Meva’, (as the locals know it), is sheltered from the prevailing SW wind by the Dodman Head. The name comes from ‘Dead Man’ referring to former gallows on the head, from which smugglers and wreckers were hung in bygone days.

MevagisseyInside the harbour you may moor against the harbour wall or take one of the few for and aft moorings just inside the entrance. We would suggest arriving early in the peak season as visiting boats have to jostle for space.

The village is of the quintessential Cornish fishing variety with none of the posh restaurants and façade that towns like St Ives boast. Pubs, fish and chips and ice cream are what you’ll find here along with plenty of charm.

The Museum on the quay is a must, and for the fit a walk to the Dodman Head via the steep valley village of Gorran Haven will reward those with breath taking views.


Fowey is a commercial port, cruisers paradise, musical/literary retreat, and home to the best boatyard on the south coast!, (OK, I may be a little biased, the team at Tom’s Boatyard, Polruan fixed one of our training yachts last year, having us out of the water, manufacturing a replacement rudder quadrant and returning us to the water fixed in under 3 hrs!)

FoweyFowey also has its share of good restaurants, pubs, yacht clubs, and seaside shops. You’ll also find a well stocked chandlery and sail makers to boot.

There is plenty of great walking especially the hike up to Gribbon Head and the walk from the Old Ferry Inn at Bodinnick around Pont Pill to the town of Polruan on the opposite bank of the river, where you can catch a foot ferry back to Fowey or water taxi to your boat.

A stunning town and a definite ‘must’, there are plenty of off lying mooring options and a good water taxi service if you don’t fancy the row.


Looe is a picturesque fishing town between Fowey and Plymouth and was first chartered as a town in 1270 and seafaring has been a way of life here for centuries with many tales of piracy and smuggling to add to its fascinating history.

 Looe Harbour

You can wander down the old streets to the bustling waterfront and watch one of Cornwall's biggest fishing fleets unload their daily catch at the quay, freshly delivered to the many fine restaurants here. There are over twenty-five restaurants and pubs all within a fifteen minute walk. The town has a beach on which to laze and for the more energetic the coast path provides good exercise and stunning vistas. Vessels can anchor in 2mts east of the pier in settled or offshore conditions. Alternatively boats may enter the Harbour with the tide and dry against the visitor’s quay on firm sand. We would advise contacting the Harbour Master prior to arrival.


Shiny New Trysail Van 2014
Jay and the crew - August 2014
Bass Point
Louise at anchor in the Helford
Louise berthed in Falmouth Yachthaven
Swan and Cygnets at the Yachthaven Falmouth
RYA Start Yachting Weekend with Ben Instructing
RYA Day Skipper/Comp Crew with Jay Instructing
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