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Cornwall to Devon Sailing Adventure

  • Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Embark: Falmouth - 27 June 2019, 12:00
  • Disembark: Brixham - 2 July 2019, 12:00
Single berthWas £499Now £399 £100

Spend six days discovering South West England by sail. Join Pilgrim of Brixham as she makes a journey this summer from Falmouth to Brixham and see the south coast of England from a breathtaking viewpoint.

Joining Pilgrim of Brixham in Falmouth is a great way to begin your sailing holiday.

As you sail out of Falmouth spot the two castles either side of the river, St. Mawes and Pendennis. St. Mawes stands proudly as the most elaborately decorated of Henry VIII’s artillery fortresses built in the 14thC, and despite its excellent condition, it has been developed very little since it was built – unlike Pendennis. Playing a role in plenty of combat situations since being built in the 1540’s, Pendennis has defended Falmouth during the Civil War in 1646, acted as a key supply base against the French and Portuguese in the 1800’s, and was active during both the First and Second World Wars, with Half Moon Battery’s Guns – able to fire up to 14 miles out to sea!

As you sail out to sea and continue East, you’ll notice the idyllic-looking headland of the Roseland, with its golden sand beaches, crystal clear waters and rolling meadows. Perhaps you’ll be anchor at Portscatho, or somewhere a little more secluded and discover coves that are inaccessible by land – this part of Cornwall is full of hidden gems.

Cruise past historic Cornish fishing villages including Fowey and Charlestown keeping your eyes peeled for Aiden Turner and the rest of the Poldark crew as filming for the hit BBC show often takes place in Charlestown. Brendan will choose any number of these places to anchor on the way and you’ll be able to explore these villages in the mornings and evenings before and after setting sail for the day.

Pass Slapton Sands and Salcombe and then past magnificent Berry Head. This dramatic limestone headland is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, Kestrels and gulls. We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.

Your final destination is the home of Pilgrim herself – Brixham. A picture postcard fishing town with colour-washed fisherman’s cottages rising up around the old harbour, make sure you leave enough time to really appreciate this sweet town.  Brixham is also home to a number of other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats and fishing trawlers.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Cornwall to Devon Sailing Adventure27 June 20196Was £499Now £399Enquire now

Pilgrim of Brixham

Guest berths: 10 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch

Pilgrim of Brixham, built in 1895, is a traditional gaff rigged ketch that is one of a handful of remaining wooden sailing trawlers that were built in Brixham. Pilgrim and her iconic red sails were once part of a large fishing fleet operating out of Brixham, which used to be the principal fishing port in the country. Her survival is testament to her quality, with many similar Victorian fishing vessels having a life span of less than 20 years – and the main reason for her survival is thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers.

The Pilgrim Story

After spending many years under different owners in Scandinavia, in 1999 she was brought home from Denmark back to Brixham. After significant restoration work, a few mishaps along the way and a hefty dose of community spirit, Pilgrim was returned to her former glory above decks, and brought up to modern standards below.

Today, as a charter vessel, the Brixham community still rallies around Pilgrim, with local crew, experienced and skilled volunteers performing maintenance and making the Pilgrim of Brixham operation run like clockwork. VentureSail is incredibly proud to have a hand in getting people aboard this historic vessel to not only experience how magnificently she sails, but also to see how passionate those that sail her are. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.

More about Pilgrim of Brixham


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    There are 8 berths in the main saloon, with 4 in a cabin at the front of the ship, and 4 at the back (these are usually crew bunks)

  • What language is spoken on board?


  • Are meals included?

    Yes - meals will be as locally sourced as possible and freshly prepared. Food is often a real hit on Pilgrim.

  • 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 they know how to or not.


From: Falmouth

To: Brixham