The Working Boat’s favourite sailing spots in Cornwall

The Working Boat’s favourite sailing spots in Cornwall

Cornwall has so many special qualities, from her historic castles to her rolling fields. But for us, Cornwall’s waters have a pull like nowhere else. Our very own Falmouth has the third largest natural deep water harbour in the world and nowhere in Cornwall is further than 25 miles from the sea. In this blog, we explore our favourite places to go sailing in Cornwall. Because what’s better than mooring up and exploring this amazing county?


📷: Best Days Out Cornwall


The stunning National Trust Gardens and House, Trelissick, is the perfect place to glide along the water to. Arrive at Trelissick pontoon and step out onto this enchanting Cornish estate with sub-tropical gardens and picture-perfect views. This is an excellent place to take the whole family, with walks, food, shopping and family adventures to be had.


📷: Greenbank Hotel


A small fishing village nestled at the end of the Roseland peninsula, St Mawes is the epitome of Cornish heaven. With twinkly blue water and bobbing boats, in the peak of summer it would be easy to forget whether you’re in St Mawes or the Mediterranean! St Mawes has 69 moorings that are let on a seasonal basis from 1st April to 31st October. Additionally there are 28 visitors’ moorings that can be booked with the harbour office too!


📷: Lizard Cottages


If you head up the Helford River, you’ll be greeted with a sublime spot. This grade II listed stone quay was built for an anticipated visit by Queen Victoria in 1847. This enchanting location is certainly one of Cornwall’s crown jewels. You’ll find it located up beyond Frenchman’s Creek, as well as on the shoreline of Trelowarren. Whether you’re looking to light up a BBQ or stop and camp for the night, this is a great spot for all to enjoy.


📷: Loe Beach Watersports


Sitting at the head of a large natural harbour, this beach is sheltered and excellent for water-based activities. Here you can hire a range of kayaks as well as paddleboards from the local watersports centre. This destination is perfect for a family day out or activity day with friends. You can find Loe Beach by sailing along Carrick Roads.


📷: Maenporth Holiday


Just a stone’s throw from Falmouth, Maenporth is delightful sandy cove that’s perfect for sunbathing, rock-pooling and sailing to. Maenporth beach offers incredible views across Falmouth Bay towards Pendennis Castle, so why not kick back, relax on your boat and soak up the amazing vistas?


📷: Mylor Yacht Harbour


One of the most beautiful villages on the network of creeks off the Fal River, Mylor is known for its history of shipping. Where packet ships used to bring trade, Mylor is now the heart of yachting as well as a sailing paradise. The marina has plenty of facilities including 400 berths. This harbour is worth sailing to for its wide range of activities, but also to check out the incredible yachts.


📷: The Greenbank Hotel


Our final favourite sailing spot in Cornwall – there are many wonderful places to visit along Carrick Roads. This section of the River Fal conceals countless creeks and inlets that are waiting to be discovered. Why not work your way along, cross off the destinations on our list, then complete your journey at The Working Boat with a refreshing pint?

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