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Anchoring in the River Lynher

The River Lynher flows through East Cornwall and meets the River Tamar, a short distance up from the Hamoaze area, an estuarine stretch of the River Tamar between its confluence with the River Lynher and Plymouth Sound. It is sometimes referred to as the St Germans River.

We departed from Mayflower Marina where we had spent a night exploring Plymouth and watching the arrival of a nuclear submarine. Making our way up through the river we left the naval docks of Devonport to starboard, the largest naval base in Western Europe, and the town of Torpoint to port, crossing the path of the Torpoint to Devonport chain ferries.


As you venture further up the river the industrial part of Plymouth gives way to lush rolling hills. Making our turn to port we headed into the River Lynher, just to the south of Saltash, carefully adhering to the navigational channel which weaves its way past the decommissioned Royal Navy minesweeper, the former HMS Brecon, which is now a training ship based at Jupiter Point just off of HMS Raleigh, the largest Royal Navy training establishment in the South West.

We dropped the hook at location 50°23.058N 004°14.696W, approximately 4.8nm up river from Mayflower Marina, and have to say we were pleasantly surprised with just how lovely this spot was. With its proximity to Plymouth we had envisaged it being a little built up, but we were wrong! In fact you wouldn’t have even known we were so close to a major city.

River Lynher Anchorage

The anchorage was very quiet, just the two of us for the majority of our stay. Further up we could see a number of yachts anchored at Dandy Hole, and one or two back at Sandy Acre bay. Unlike some other anchorages we’ve been to, passing traffic was very, very limited. Suffice to say it was therefore a very tranquil location.

And we were treated to some AMAZING sunrises and sunsets here, difficult to capture on camera just how good they were but we gave it a try:

After a few nights we weighed anchor (which was a little on the mucky side!) and headed back out of the River Lynher and up the River Tamar, purely so we could go under the Tamar Bridge 😃, This impressive suspension bridge crosses over the River Tamar between Saltash in Cornwall and Plymouth in Devon, is 335 metres long and is a toll bridge for vehicles. Next to it is the Royal Albert Bridge, a beautiful railway bridge built between 1854 and 1859, and equally as impressive.

Approaching the Tamar Bridge and Royal Albert Bridge

There is an anchorage on the north west side of the bridges, beyond the mooring buoys of Saltash, but the easterly winds would have made it a lee shore so we opted to turn around and sail back down river, eventually making our way over to Batten Bay, just below Mountbatten Point, where we dropped the hook for a night. A slightly rollier anchorage than our previous few nights up river but perfect for our departure the next day to Falmouth!

Sunset at Batten Bay Anchorage

VIDEO: Timelapse of the River Lynher and Tamar


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