Solent - Going West



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.

The Folly Inn Tel 01983 297171

Folly Inn

The Folly is past Cowes and on up the Medina River. 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.


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 RiverNewtown Creek

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.


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



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.


KeyhavenA tiny, quiet creek with access is restricted by tide, also a little coastal village overlooking the western end of the Solent. 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 HarbourPoole 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.


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



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.