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Solent Going West

Cowes Isle of Wight Cowes

The world renowned sailing Mecca / home of yacht racing. Cowes Castle - the Royal Yacht Squadron plus the town boasts many fine sailing clubs. Great pubs, lots of restaurants, shops and all round tourist hotspot.

At the beginning of August it buzzes to the tune of the world's oldest regatta Cowes Week.  

West Cowes (town side) can be busy and a choppy mooring with basic facilities, but your right in the thick of the town / sailing action.

The Anchor Inn  Tel 01983 292823  Pub Grub, Bands, Beer 
The Peirview Public House   Tel 01983 294929  Massive portion pub grub  
Mojac's   Tel 01983 281118   Fine dinning  
China China   Tel 01983 200800   Great Restaurant 
 

East Cowes in contrast offers more comfort (facilities / mooring wise) whilst the town is a short water taxi ride away (£3) or 10 min walk and free chain ferry ride.

Folly Inn The Folly Inn is past Cowes and on up the Medina River. Tel  01983 297171 for bookings. We can moor in the river. We need a dinghy to get ashore or use the water taxi (£1) Unless we get onto the main walk ashore pontoon, but note it quickly gets filled up with rafted yachts.  The Folly Inn has a good restaurant, great beer and frequently has live entertainment (bands) plus the occasional table top dancing spree.

There are some nice walks to Newport (Islands capital), St. Mildred's Church in Whippingham was Queen Victoria's local church and where Uffa Fox is buried.

Beaulieu

Located almost opposite Cowes. The Beaulieu River was established mostly in the 18th century for shipbuilding. In a superb setting surrounded by oak woodland in the Beaulieu Estate, New Forest.  Buckler's Hard privately owned by the Montagu family since 1724. The wooden ships of the English Fleet were built here and still retain much of the atmosphere.

Master Builder's House Hotel   Tel. 0844 815 3399 

Newtown Creek

Newtown River With no facilities to speak of this is a (National Trust administered) natural harbour. Peace, quiet and fantastic nature. We anchor or preferably use a visitor's mooring buoy, the area can get very busy, leading to fending off at the turn of the tide.

There is a lovely Pub, which is a dinghy ride and a walk (1.5 - 2 hours away) at Shalfleet. There is also a campsite (at Newbridge) with a shop a café and a takeaway that is sometimes open.

Yarmouth

Yarmouth Isle of Wight Is a picturesque fishing, ferry and yachting port. One of the jewels of the Solent the harbour retains much of its old world aura. Amenities are great when your ashore, typically this is via a water taxi (£2) or dingy if we are not early enough to get a walk ashore, however expect to pay extra for your shower.

Salty's  Tel 01983 761550   Excellent Fish Restaurant and notorious table dancing venue 
On The Rocks  Tel 01983 760505   Steak and DIY Korean BarBQ style restaurant 
The Wheatsheaf Inn  Tel 08721 077 077  Pub Grub 

Lymington 

Lymington A beautiful, Georgian market town situated in the New Forest. Offering designer boutiques, one of the oldest Saturday markets dating back to the 13th century. Boasting a cute High Street and Old Town Quay surrounded by outstanding natural beauty; ancient wood and heath lands of the New Forest.  With great walks to the west - four miles of coastal nature reserve ending at Hurst Spit.

Keyhaven

A tiny, quiet creek with access is restricted by tide, also a little coastal village overlooking the western end of the keyhavenSolent. With spectacular views of Hurst Castle and the Isle of Wight. The village has a pub called the Gun Inn - there are no shops and access is via dingy. Great views and walks, access to the Solent Way (70 miles of coastal walk). A ferry service runs from the quay to Hurst Castle.

Poole Harbour

A large town / seaport in picturesque Dorset. With a spectacular sail west (budget 6 hours) through the needles, across christchurch bay. Poole is a large natural harbour, with award-winning beaches. The town is busy with lots of great pubs, restaurants, clubs and shops.  Poole Quay Boat Haven offers a modern purpose-built marina right on the Town Quay. Great facilities.

Weymouth WeymouthDurdle Door

Further West past spectacular Avil Point, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove is Weymouth and Portland harbour. Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. Portland and Weymouth offer great pubs, clubs, walks, beach, restaurants and award winning fish and chips.

Crab house café  Tel. 01305 788867   Fantastic fish restaurant 
 

 Plymouth

Plymouth Further west across Lyme bay. Plymouth sound is home to Queen Anne's Battery an lovely setting down point. Plymouth Sound frequently provides the starting point for many prestigious international yacht races and is the finish of the Fastnet Race. 

 

Solent Going East

  

Hamble Home Port for many of our trips and adventures >>click here<< for directions.

Eating & Drinking in Hamble (Baseport)

Banana Wharf  023 8045 6622  Quayside Wine bar / Bistro 
Boomerangs  023 8045 4707  Wine bar Bistro and club 
Cinnamon Bay  023 8045 2285  Indian restaurant  
Driftwood  023 8045 4314  Thai Restaurant 
Ye Old Whyte Hart   02380452108  Real ale and Restaurant 
La Docevita    Italian Greek Taverna 

Portsmouth

Portsmouth Nicknamed Pompey, A centuries old naval port, home to the world's oldest dry dock and many famous ships, including Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. The Spinnaker Tower is a recent addition to the city's skyline, part of Gunwharf Quays. There have been settlements in the area since before Roman times, linked with Portchester, a Roman base.

Bembridge 

Bembridge Located on the East end of the Isle of Wight is a large natural, sheltered picturesque harbour. Access is restricted by tide. The Harbour's adjacent to two attractive villages with good restaurants and spectacular walks.

Chichester

Chichester Harbour Nestling in an enormous natural harbour has more than 1,000 berths, making it one of the largest marinas in the UK. Its approach

Brighton

Brighton Marina About 12 - 16 hours sail from the Solent. Offers a great marina, good services and a fine array of pubs and clubs. The town offers fine dinning and great interests, shops walks etc.

 

South Going

Cross Channel - Out of site of land, crossing busy shipping lanes  

Cherbourg - 60 -70 miles,Ok a somewhat murky metropolis awaits after a 9 -13 hour sail. But stroll in to town and presto fine French dinning awaits. Generally a great stop over on the way to the channel islands or Normandy coast.

Channel Islands Channel Islands - After a significant sail budget 16 - 20 hours, we arrive at a magical set of islands. Where British and French influence blend into a rich heritage.   

  • Jersey an island of opposites - cosmopolitan alongside beach and costal walks & rides
  • Guernsey with stunning scenery has more French influence, result excellent seafood restaurants
  • Alderney - more isolated from mainstream tourism
  • Herm - tranquil rural, great beaches
  • Sark - No cars just picture perfect surroundings