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Anchoring in Newlyn

Departing from Bream Cove anchorage our destination was Penzance, around the Lizard and up into Mounts Bay. With the Lizard being quite a notorious headland we once again opted to try and arrive at it for slack, before catching the tide up into the Bay.

With a south-westerly wind of 9-10 knots we found ourselves pretty much head to wind so we motor-sailed down to the Lizard, however once we were safely around the headland we managed to switch the engine off and enjoyed a nice sail up into the bay.

Initially our target was Penzance but as we had visited there last year – click here to read our post – we decided to alter course ever so slightly to Newlyn, dropping the hook just outside of the entrance to Newlyn Harbour, in an area known as Wherrytown. Beware of the numerous pots that you’ll have to navigate on your way in, no surprise really seeing as Newlyn is one of the largest fishing ports in the UK!

Yacht anchored off of Wherrytown between Newlyn and Penzance

Happy in position 50°6.414N 5°32.422W we even braved the sea for a quick refreshing dip before launching the dinghy to go and explore Newlyn. You could possibly land a dinghy at the nearby pebble beach at Wherrytown however we didn’t fancy dragging our dinghy up it. Therefore we opted to head into the harbour itself.

Newlyn Harbour

Newlyn Harbour is predominately a fishing harbour however they will accommodate pleasure vessels if they have the room and we did notice a few visiting yachts on the end of the hammerhead and in a couple of the finger berths. You cannot book a berth in advance and must call ahead before entering the harbour. You must also be prepared to raft. Please also be aware that no animals are permitted in the harbour.

Fishing Boats in Newlyn Harbour

We tied the dinghy up in a small corner near the RNLI building, being mindful to not obstruct anyone, and headed off to find the Harbour Masters office. We had tried to call in advance but had no response. As it turned out the office was through the car park and past the fish market (whiffy to say the least!🤣), at the end of North Pier. The chap in the office was ever so friendly and helpful and didn’t even charge us for dinghy parking.

Newlyn is a fairly small coastal town. You will find a co-op, a handful of pubs, a chandlery and some boutique shops, and of course fish ‘n’ chips and seafood restaurants! The promenade provides a nice stroll to nearby Penzance, along which you’ll find a Lidl supermarket.

Back at the anchorage the swell was a tad uncomfortable, however the wind was light, the evening warm and the views over to St Michael’s Mount were very nice, plus we had a pod of dolphins jumping around in the distance, so the pros definitely outweighed the con!


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