Blogs from Falmouth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth June 11th 2023

Hello from Cornwall England, specifically the town of Falmouth. We arrived in the early hours of the morning and anchored off the coast. This is a shallow water harbor, and it is greatly affected by the tides, so the ship is about 3 miles off the coast. Since it is a tender port, we did not book any excursions here. Also, we've been here previously and did not see anything new that we really wanted to do anyway. This is the last stop on our cruise across the Atlantic. Tomorrow, we reach Southhampton where 1200 passengers are scheduled to depart. We will be with the other 800 who are staying for the second cruise. Regardless, all passengers had to go through UK Immigration this morning. It was a simple matter of bringing our passports to one ... read more
Large sailboat near us

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth February 21st 2017

Today was going to be an odd one. A trip to Falmouth the home that Glenns dad had for a time in the late 1930s and early 1940's when he was garrisoned here as a marine. His job repairing the guns that would service the fort and protect England against any German invasion before he was posted abroad to fight in Italy and Egypt. Unlike my dads war service which was in Burma and impossible to track Glenn has the advantage of being able to see somewhere his dad was garrisoned and walk in his footsteps. We rose rather late in the day for us and had a late breakfast before hitting the road. I had visited Pendennis a couple of times in the past but this was with someone else and with our children when ... read more
Pendennis Castle
The barracks house
One of the gun emplacements

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth August 4th 2014

4thAugust Helford river to Falmouth today – 7nm. No wind, and what there was came right on the nose, so didn't even bother tacking back and forth like some other yachts did, just pointed right for Falmouth and motored in. No mucking around...just get there!! Came to the Falmouth Yacht Haven and there was a spot right against the pontoon for us – Yay, no rafting up. Nice and secure. Went to the Chain-locker for dinner. Pub very close by and had 2 courses for 10pound each!! **Not much really happened in Falmouth, loved window shopping in all the little shops (so many of them) found a Caribbean food cafe and had the best Roti since Tobago. Really didn't hold much hope for it – a roti in the UK, but sure enough, it was fantastic. ... read more
Ship anchored waiting to clear in
Local Pub
Alongside the jetty

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth June 26th 2014

We've been in Falmouth for two weeks now, apart from our quick dash to Bristol, Wales & London to go to the hospital & visit friends & family one last time. It's given us a chance to finish a LOT of jobs on the boat.. We've cleaned up the teak decks, finished the bowsprit, scrubbed the hull, keel & rudder (With Snorkel & Mask), sealed the cockpit lockers, fitted bilge pumps, cleaned out the whole boat and various other repairs.. We haven't had a single day off! We have had our fair share of yummy pasties, cream teas, fish & chips. Not to mention daily cocktail hours, which admittedly have started at 12pm occasionally! Rich & Rach arrived on Tuesday evening - so we were focussing on getting as much done by then as possible. We ... read more
Sarah skippering 'Mistress Sarah'
Parking the dinghy
Dinner on board

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth September 13th 2013

Geo: 50.156, -5.07108Our good friend Mel kindly came with us to Southampton so that he could drive our car back. We boarded the Silver Whisper and were just in time for a late lunch. It took ages to unpack as we have brought more luggage than we would normally because the weather is going to be so variable. Prior to sailing we had the inevitable safety procedure, donning our life belts and going to the muster station. At least Silversea do this seriously unlike some other cruise firms we could mention!We finally got to meet our butler- Chan- and got the champagne delivered. We had expected a bottle in our suite but no- quell horreur-. However all was quickly corrected. We had a quick rendezvous on the pool deck for sail away and met a few ... read more
Champagne on board
A face created by me in the gallery

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth June 20th 2013

Photos of crew members attached. Captain Sam (wouldn't accept any other rank than captain). Cabin boy Andy and furry crew members Mavis and Nude Dude !!... read more
Captain Sam and Cabin boy Andy

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth June 16th 2013

Left Brighton on 16th June 2013 at 5pm, we had good weather and winds eventually (in the right direction !).We spent a few hours bobbing along the coast at Brighton watching the London to Brighton bike ride before the wind picked up. It was Sam's first time night sailing and she did amazingly well, once she stopped taking the sea sickness tablets and woke up ! Andy I used both seabands for my wrists and anti-sickness meds which turned me into zombie that feels sick 24/7. Despite this I didn't throw up which is a miracle and an answer to prayer. I had the appetite of a Vegetarian Zombie so ate more than Andy on the first night. The sea was calm so the first night was really pleasant, despite the rain I had prepared to ... read more
Entrance to Falmouth
Sams fave daisies
view from top of Marina

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth May 19th 2011

Hello from the port of Falmouth in Cornwall England. Today is going to be different for several reasons. First we are going on different tours for the first time in all our cruises, and this is a “tender port” (you get ferried to shore in a small boat instead of docking and going down the gangway). Also a little different today, we had a bright sunny day and reasonably warm weather. Falmouth claims to be the 3rd largest natural deep water port in the world (behind Sydney and Rio). Because it is so large, the tenders picked up passengers at the side of the ship and took us several miles to the docks in the port, where our buses were waiting. They used both ship’s lifeboats and some local excursion boats to get everyone back and ... read more
St Michael's Mount
Pilgrim's Step to Castle
View of top of Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth March 31st 2011

The walk from Coverack to Helford, being a distance of about 12 miles, was slightly frustrating towards the end as part of the walk entails wading across Gillian Creek to St Anthony-in-Menage (land of monks) so as to continue along the coast. As it was high tide this was not possible and so we took the inland route to Helford through woodlands which was proved to be a pleasant Spring walk. The walk that day was concluded with a beer at the Shipwrights Arms at Helford overlooking the river of the same name. The walk from Helford Passage to Falmouth was relatively easy but slightly damp as the weather had changed. To start the walk we caught the bus out from Falmouth, being our base, to Helford Passage and this gave us a preview of the ... read more
Gillian Creek
A beer well deserved

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cornwall » Falmouth March 27th 2011

Drove down to Porthleven from Totnes on Friday and this is where George and I started our short holiday walking the coastal footpath. I had previously walked the path from Lands End to Porthleven a while back and wanted to carry on so as to explore the rest of the South Cornwall stretch. The weather was ideal for walking on Friday; not too hot and with a bit of a breeze to keep us cool. On this first day we walked to Kynance Cove, a distance of about 12 miles. The walking was relatively easy with not too many ups and downs and with wonderful vistas that were most uplifting. On Saturday we walked round Lizard Point, the southernmost tip of Britain and then up to the fishing village of Coverack, a distance of about 12 ... read more
Typical coastal scene along this stretch
Another of George
Church Cove

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