Thu 4 June 20
6 day
Trip Reference

Pilgrim’s South West Coast and Rivers is one of our favourite cruises. We set sail from Brixham and work our way right along the stunning Devon and Cornwall coast to Falmouth over six days. This trip features visits to picturesque historic ports and harbours combined with sensational sailing, delightful scenery and wonderful wildlife. Popular places on passage include Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth and the River Tamar, Looe and Fowey. We may also anchor off favourite spots like Cawsands, Mevagissey, St Mawes or in the River Fal and in the Helford River.

Cruising on Pilgrim is a unique experience. Not only will you have a superb sailing holiday,  but you will see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to assist the crew to sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner yet benefit from the modern guest facilities we have on board.

Your 6 day, 5 night sailing adventure will start in the historic fishing port of Brixham at the southern end of Torbay. Brixham is often referred to as the ‘mother of trawling’ as it was at the heart of the development of the sailing trawler and is still England’s most productive fishing port to this day. It is bustling now, as it was then, and the harbour is still characterised by quaint colourful fishermen’s cottages and scores of fishing boats.

After six days cruising our South West Coast and Rivers cruise will finish in the historic port of Falmouth where Charles Darwin landed from HMS Beagle in 1836. You will sail into the Fal Estuary between Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle like generations of mariners have done before. It’s a sight to behold.

Why travel from Torbay to Falmouth using the A30 or A38 when you can take the terrific tourist route down the coast and explore the harbours and rivers on the way?

Additional information

Dep Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
Arr Time / Port12 noon, Falmouth, Return transfers to Brixham included if required. Ask for details
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ Use of lifejacket and other onboard safety gear
What is not included× Alcoholic drinks, × Car park fees at home port, × Towels, × Travel Insurance, × Wet weather clothing
Important Notes* Please make sure you understand our Terms and Conditions and the cancellation policy, * Travel Insurance is required which covers ‘Adventure Sailing’

Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 11.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 12noon. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the trip, get to understand guest preferences and give the essential safety briefing. Information on finding Pilgrim and on parking and transportation arrangements are in the Joining Instructions and on the website.

Plan for the Trip

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We will be sailing out of Torbay and round Berry Head into Start Bay and begin our travels westward. We will anchor in quiet coves overnight or visit the delightful harbours and rivers along the way.

Hands-on or sit back and relax

All of our guests are encouraged to help the crew sail the boat. They will show you the ropes and ask you to help. Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy the sailing and the scenery, you can sit back and leave it to others. Feedback from past guests suggests that those who get involved get the most enjoyment out of the day. Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise.

Food and beverages

You will start the trip with a brew and lunchtime snack. Each day we will serve breakfast lunch and dinner and also timely drinks and snacks. The menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions and our situation from day-to-day. On the last morning we will just serve breakfast.

What to wear and bring

In early summer it can still be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring extra warm layers and maybe a hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife. It is important to bring sun screen to protect yourself and if you think you might need it – consider a travel sickness remedy before you set off each day- just in case.

Momentos of your heritage sailing experience

You will be invited to select from our range of regalia clothing and other momentos before you leave home and anything you order will be available to you onboard. These are also available from our online Shop now. We will also provide you with a facility to upload your photos and share them with fellow guests. After your cruise we will award your ‘Heritage Sailing Crew Certificate’ if you have chosen to help the crew sail Pilgrim
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