‘Round Britain Tour; East Coast Sailing
- Vessel: Bessie Ellen
- Where: East Coast, UK
- Duration: 5 days
- Embark: Newcastle upon Tyne - 24 June 2024, 12:00
- Disembark: Ramsgate - 28 June 2024, 10:00
Sail with tall ship Bessie Ellen as she celebrates the 8th Leg of her Round Britain tour, navigating the East coast from Newcastle to Ramsgate.
Join Bessie Ellen as she spends her 2024 season sailing around the British Isles to celebrate 120 years of heritage sailing. Built in 1904 and meticulously restored, Bessie Ellen stands as a testament to the golden age of maritime exploration, brimming with captivating tales from the past.
Split into fourteen legs, she will encompass the landscapes and seafaring heritage of the UK. From the enchanting coasts of Cornwall to the rugged shores of Wales and Scotland, including the mystical Orkney Islands and back down the East Coast. As part of this magnificent journey, she will also celebrate the esteemed French maritime festival of Brest before returning to Cornwall and the breathtaking Isles of Scilly.
This sailing leg is from the city of Newcastle, down the East coast to finish in the harbour town of Ramsgate with a hands-on sailing experience, immersing yourself into the rich maritime experience of a bygone era. Learn about the history of the boat, take the helm, hoist the sails with traditional rope work and enjoy some simple celestial navigation.
- Leg 8
- Traditional Tall ship Sailing
- 120 years anniversary tour
- Fully Skippered
- Friendly Crew
- Longer sailing hours
- Great for solo travellers
- All-inclusive Board
- 570 nautical miles
Your Sailing Area
Newcastle to Ramsgate; East coast sailing
Embark on an extraordinary sailing journey aboard Bessie Ellen, as we navigate the East coast from Newcastle to Ramsgate. This unique voyage unveils a treasure trove of sailing highlights, enchanting destinations, and memorable experiences. Setting sail from the port city of Newcastle, we embark on a maritime adventure as we glide through the North Sea, you’ll witness the sheer beauty of the coastline, with its rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and picturesque villages.
Our first notable stop along the way could be the historic town of Whitby. Nestled on the east coast of England, Whitby is steeped in maritime history and boasts a charming harbour, quaint streets lined with traditional fishermen’s cottages, and the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey perched atop the cliffs. Explore the town’s rich heritage, indulge in the local seafood delicacies, and soak in the picturesque coastal atmosphere.
Continuing our journey, we sail past the scenic beauty of the Yorkshire coastline, where you’ll be captivated by the rugged cliffs and panoramic vistas. As we venture further south, the captivating towns of Scarborough and Filey come into view.
As we approach the famous Humber estuary, the maritime heritage of this region comes alive. Admire the impressive Humber Bridge, an engineering marvel, as it spans the wide river, and witness the bustling activity of ships navigating these important waters. This crossing is a moment of transition, marking our passage to the southern coastline and the next phase of our voyage.
Continuing our southerly course, we approach the final destination of our voyage, the charming town of Ramsgate. Nestled on the southeastern coast of England, Ramsgate beckons with its picturesque marina, historic architecture, and inviting sandy beaches. Explore the bustling harbour, visit the fascinating Ramsgate Tunnels, or simply unwind in one of the waterfront cafés, savouring the fresh sea breeze and watching the boats gently sway in the harbour.
All voyages for Bessie Ellen
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Step aboard Bessie Ellen, a classic tall ship with over 120 years of history, and embark on a sailing holiday that takes you back to a bygone era. As one of the last West Country trading ketches, Bessie Ellen has a remarkable past. She sailed through the turbulent times of both world wars, and has since been recognised for her historical significance, as she proudly graces the National Historic Ships Register, signifying her importance as a vessel in need of conservation.
Today, Bessie Ellen has transitioned into a vessel that sails the waters of the British Isles and Europe, offering unforgettable hands-on sailing holidays. With a warm and experienced crew, she provides guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience.
Life on board Bessie Ellen
Sail alongside skipper Nikki and her crew as they navigate the stunning coastlines of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, the Hebrides and St. Kilda. Discover unique landscapes, encounter abundant wildlife, and enjoy delicious food sourced locally and prepared on board. Joining on this maritime adventure is Bracken, the spirited and seaworthy ship dog, eager to accompany you on your voyage!
Choose from a range of sailing experiences on Bessie Ellen. Opt for a traditional sailing weekend break, delve deeper into the maritime experience with a weeklong trip, or embark on a 10-day exploration to remote destinations. Whichever journey you choose, you can be certain that you will be transported to a world where the wind fills the sails, the sea beckons, and the echoes of history resonate with every nautical mile.
Sailing on Bessie Ellen is more than just a holiday; it is an opportunity to embrace the authenticity of a bygone era. As you step aboard this historic vessel, you become part of her living legacy, connecting with the spirit of seafaring that has endured for over a century. Book your voyage with Bessie Ellen today and embark on an extraordinary journey through time.More about Bessie Ellen
Life on board Bessie Ellen
Sailing with traditional tall ship Bessie Ellen is certainly an experience you will never forget. From the moment you board, you can feel the 120 years of sailing history this magnificent classic has under her sails. Faithfully restored over many years by her owner and skipper Nikki, it’s clear to see how dedicated she is to the rich maritime history and authenticity of sailing such a tall ship.
Bessie Ellen is perfect for those looking for an immersive traditional sailing experience while enjoying Nikki’s famous hospitality, great food and team spirit. Whether you’re a solo traveler yearning for exploration or an adventurous couple seeking a unique journey, sailing aboard Bessie Ellen promises to create lifelong memories. It’s no wonder that guests return year after year, captivated by the ship’s allure.
The crew actively encourage guests to get involved with all aspects of sailing on a traditional vessel – it really is an all-hands-on-deck attitude. This all-hands-on-deck approach ensures an engaging and inclusive experience for everyone. Even if you have no prior sailing experience, the crew’s expertise and guidance will have you hoisting sails, taking the helm in open waters, mastering basic rope work, and even picking up some navigation skills. Bessie Ellen welcomes adventurers of all backgrounds, provided they have a love for adventure and the natural world!
The other important crew member is ships dog Bracken! A small border terrier who is well-versed in life on board, loves watching for dolphins, exploring ashore and sleeping while under sail.
Sleeping and relaxation
Below decks, guests are indulged in a spacious saloon with original wooden beams, comfy open bunks and two toilet/wet-rooms where you’d be forgiven for forgetting that you were even on a boat! Each bunk has its own light, full bedding and a privacy curtain. A tiny galley sits tucked mid-ships and you will be in awe and wonder of the meals that come out of this space.
Nikki is not only a competent skipper but also an incredible cook using locally sourced produce everywhere possible.
Become part of her maritime history…
In addition to the incredible experiences mentioned above, Bessie Ellen offers the unique opportunity to embark on her round Britain sailing tour marking her 120th birthday. These voyages take you on an enchanting journey around the breathtaking coastlines and historic ports of Britain. From the rugged beauty of Cornwall to the mystical allure of Scotland’s lochs and islands, each voyage unveils the diverse wonders of Britain’s coastal heritage. Prepare to embark on an extraordinary voyage through Britain’s sailing legacy on board Bessie Ellen, where every moment is infused with the spirit of seafaring tradition and warm camaraderie.
- All-inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet)
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Offshore sailing jacket and trousers for emergencies (these are not permitted to be taken ashore)
What’s not included
- Wash and/or swim towel
- All flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will not be more than 12miles offshore.
Are meals included?
Yes - and we pride ourselves on the quality of food served!
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of enquiry
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
Do I need to bring bedding or towels?
All your bedding (duvet and pillow) is provided but please bring your own towels (washing and/or swimming)
What language is spoken on board?
English is the main language spoken, however on occasion we have crew onboard who are multilingual.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 12 comfortable berths in the former cargo hold. This is an open plan area that is also used for meals and relaxing
How many toilets/showers does she have?
Bessie Ellen has two toilets/showers for guests.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you will be able to reach 3/4G when you are close to land.
Is there an age limit?
No, but we advise over 16's for scheduled voyages as there is an open saloon sleeping arrangement. There is no limit for private charter.
Can I charge my phone or camera?
Yes. We run generators every day in the morning and evening, which run the 240 volt system of normal 3 pin sockets.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are waterproofs available?
No. Please bring your own. There are a few spare for emergencies only.
Do I need to be a seasoned sailor?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether the know how to or not.
Do I have to do watches?
During a passage crossings you may be asked to be part of our watch rota, this is not compulsory but is definitely part of boat life that guests enjoy when at sea for long periods.
Will there be time to get off the boat?
Yes on most of our trips we try and explore the areas we are sailing around each day, except for passage crossings where of course we are at sea for most of the voyage.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are worried to take some medication 24 hours before travelling.
From: Newcastle upon Tyne
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Newcastle upon Tyne, Central Station is about 30 minutes to/from South Shields. There are direct train routes to from Inverness, Kings Cross, Liverpool Lime Street, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Aberdeen, Plymouth and Bristol Temple Meads.
BY AIR TO/FROM NEWCASTLE
The most convenient way of getting from Newcastle International Airport (NCL) to the South Shields area is by taxi, which will take about 25 minutes. Public transport could take in excess of an hour. There are connections to the city centre by metro where you can pick up connections to the South Shields area.
You can travel by coach direct to/from Newcastle Upon Tyne (St James Boulevard) with National Express and megabus.
Ramsgate train station is a couple of minutes away by taxi to/from Ramsgate Royal Harbour Marina or a 20 minute walk.
You can travel by coach with National Express and they stop next to the harbour.