This Blue Water tour is a 3 week tour with starting point London (UK) and end point Cherbourg (F).
Route 3; South east UK and Channel Islands
St Katherine Docks is located in the heart of London and was completely renovated in 2017. It has 185 moorings in three basins, for ships up to 40 metres long. The marina offers excellent facilities and services, and activities take place on and around the water throughout the year. London has more charming districts, interesting museums and beautiful parks than you can fit into one holiday. Covent Garden is one of the most popular districts in the heart of the West End. It has an atmospheric covered market, numerous terraces, a charming square, artists selling their own work and street artists. You are guaranteed to be amazed by Fortnum & Mason's department store. It has a huge assortment of teas, but also wine, chocolate and tableware. Be sure to book a table in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Room there at around 4 o'clock. Another special place for the traditional tea and scones is the Victoria and Albert Museum. Want to see London from above? Take the Emirates Air Line, a cable car link of more than a kilometre long with a view of many of the sights.
Burnham-on-Crouch is a small historical town on the banks of the River Crouch, on the east coast of England. It is a true sailing town, with no less than four sailing clubs that organise a sailing event, Burnham Week, annually in the last week of August. The red brick quay wall is typical of the town, as are the many seals that gather nearby. The town is the largest place in the Dengie Hundred. The Dengie Hundred is a peninsula that is bounded by the River Blackwater to the north, the River Crouch to the south, North and South Fambridge to the west and the mouth of the Thames in the North Sea to the east. A 'hundred' is a Saxon description for an area with 100 farms. It is a wonderful area to drive, cycle and hike through.
Chatham is a place with remarkable contrasts. The town centre is a rather uninspiring shopping area with large chain stores. This part of the town betrays little of its extraordinary (military) history. For that you need to visit the Historic Dockyard. Various museums here will take you back to the Age of Sail, when the Dockyard built mighty ships that commanded the world's oceans. Not to mention a fascinating torpedo ship from WWII and a submarine from the Cold War. Located just outside the historic dockyard is the Great Lines Heritage Park. A large green space, with neatly mown lawns in some parts and more unkempt areas of wild flowers and grasses in others. There is also an eighteenth century fort. Chatham Maritime Marina has 412 moorings and various facilities. The marina is close to a shopping centre, a cinema, restaurants and bars.
Queenborough Harbour is located where the Rivers Swale, Medway and the Thames meet and is the perfect base for cruises to or from the east coast of England, to London, Ramsgate or the continent. When you explore Queenborough, a visit to The Rose Inn, a cosy pub in Queenborough High Street, near the church, is a must. The pub has an extensive beer menu and you can enjoy your pint in a large garden when the weather is good. The Admiral's Arm Micropub is also well worth a visit. It has a wooden interior with fishing nets and lifebuoys on the walls, and an extensive range of beers, gin and cider. Very near to Queenborough lies the uninhabited Deadman's Island. More than 200 years ago, the island was used as a burial ground for convicts who died of infectious diseases while on board ships. A nice walk can be taken along the docks in the direction of the small town of Sheerness, which has a colourful bell tower.
Ramsgate is a popular destination for tourists. The only 'Royal Harbour' in the United Kingdom is located here. King George IV bestowed it with this status because he was so impressed by its hospitality. The harbour has a wide range of facilities and offers a view of the town's multi-arched quay walls and the Clock House, which houses a maritime museum. Ramsgate has many traditional shops and exclusive boutiques as well as bars, restaurants and hotels. The beautiful coastline features chalk cliffs and sandy beaches. A unique place to enjoy high tea or afternoon tea is The Italianate Glasshouse in the centre of the wooded King George VI Memorial Park. The Italianate Glasshouse is a unique building with a half glass dome and a castle wall with battlements. There are numerous tropical and other plants both indoors and outdoors. The climate in Ramsgate is more Mediterranean than it is British.
The famous chalk cliffs in the surroundings of Eastbourne, whiter and higher than the cliffs of Dover, are the main tourist attraction of this bustling town. Eastbourne, just like Brighton, is a well-known seaside town with many Victorian-style buildings where, in the past, many of the aristocracy and rich industrialists stayed. One of the iconic buildings is the Eastbourne Bandstand, a music dome with a unique blue roof, built in the 1930s. Concerts are still given here. There is a plaque on the back of the dome for John Wesley Woodward, a former cellist from Eastbourne. Woodward was one of the musicians who played on the Titanic when this enormous ship came to its tragic end in 1912. The Eastbourne Marina is a well-equipped marina. The marina is surrounded by boulevards and terraces, where you can easily spend a morning or afternoon without going into the town.
Brighton is one of the largest and best known seaside towns in the United Kingdom. Brighton used to be a fishing village but between 1800 and 1830, the village was converted into a chic seaside resort for the rich and famous. In a short period of time, many houses and hotels were built along Brighton's coastline and the village was transformed into a fashionable spa famed for its healthy sea air and water. Brighton flourished in the Victorian era. The Victorian architecture is still visible everywhere you go. The town has a pier that can be compared to that of Scheveningen. Besides the pier, the Royal Pavilion is the most famous building in Brighton. It's a striking palace with minarets and domes that was built for prince George IV. Brighton Marina is perfect for sailing yachts and motorboats. It's the largest marina in the United Kingdom with more than 1,300 moorings and easy access to open water. The marina has received the 5 Gold Anchors Award from The Yacht Harbour Association.
East Cowes Marina welcomes visiting yachts and motorboats throughout the year. The marina has 360 moorings on the sunny and sheltered banks of the River Medina. Cowes Yacht Haven in the centre of Cowes is a stone's throw away from the bustling centre of Cowes. This harbour has numerous facilities and the moorings are available throughout the year. As the home base for the oldest and largest sailing regatta in the world, Cowes Week, Cowes is the number one destination for sailors and other water lovers during the summer months. Various other regattas with classic yachts, motorboats and sailing boats take place throughout the year. Cowes is a true water sports town with numerous facilities for diving, rowing, paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing, wind- and kite surfing. If you want to get away from the water, you can visit Queen Victoria's royal residence Osborne House, or the Wight Military and Heritage Museum.
Beaulieu is a small village located on the south-eastern edge of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. It is the home base of the National Motor Museum where around 280 vehicles can be seen, from the first motorised cars to legendary Formula 1 racing cars. Toy cars and pedal cars will bring back memories of your youth. Beaulieu is also well-known for its medieval buildings, such as a large monastery and Palace House. Both buildings are surrounded by extensive gardens, as you would expect of the British. Beaulieu River is popular for canoeing and kayaking, and for exploring the New Forest National Park. Ponies and donkeys roam freely in some places to manage the grass. Various types of deer and pigs live deeper in the forest. The park is also a breeding ground for approximately 100 types of birds. A few rare breeds stay over winter here.
The market town of Lymington is located on the coast in the beautiful New Forest National Park, between Southampton and Bournemouth. The narrow streets of this hilly town are full of beautiful historical cottages, pubs, restaurants and boutiques. From the Middle Ages up to the 19th century, Lymington was renowned for its salt preparation and from the beginning of the 19th century, it had a flourishing ship building industry. The sheltered Lymington Yacht Haven is accessible 24 hours a day. From the sea this is the first marina you will come across when you sail up Lymington River.
Rustling palm trees and an abundance of flowers. Bournemouth, on the English south coast, has numerous public gardens, parks and beautiful beaches. With more than 150,000 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the county of Dorset. The pier is a famous icon of the town. The harbour, Poole Harbour, is a large natural harbour, the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. There is a lot to see and do in and around Poole Harbour, especially in the area of water sports and fishing. Poole Quay gives you a great view of the harbour in the direction of Brownsea Island. Poole Harbour has a number of islands, most of which are privately owned. Brownsea Island is the largest island and it can be visited almost all year round. Bournemouth is a real shopping and entertainment town with small boutiques and large department stores, and numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands that lie off the coast of Normandy. The Channel Islands are situated in an area with a tidal range of seven to eleven metres; the island's harbours provide a bizarre view at low tide with ships high up on dry land. A few hours later, at high tide, the ships are afloat in an enormous harbour. The island has a rugged coastline with rocks and cliffs, but also beautiful secluded bays. What the capital, St Peter Port, lacks in size, it makes up for in charm. The town has a population that numbers a mere 18,000 or so people, and with its steep, cobbled lanes, palm trees, white houses and abundant flowers, it exudes a Mediterranean atmosphere. All the visiting boats are met by a staff member of the marina, who will assist you and provide you with a suitable mooring for your boat. All visiting vessels have to sail into the main harbour of St Peter Port, regardless of which marina you eventually moor in.
Dielette Marina is also known as Port Dielette or Port of Flamanville. The marina provides access to the west coast of the Cotentin and is the last stop before passing the Raz Blanchard. It's a popular stopover for water sports enthusiasts who want to enjoy the tranquillity of the site and for hikers who want to enjoy the natural heritage. There are unspoilt beaches, rock formations and dunes nearby. Flamanville is only small with about 1,500 inhabitants. The village is mainly known for the nuclear plant.
The Normandy port of Cherbourg offers a view of the channel. Ferries can be seen setting off for Poole and Portsmouth from the marina, Port Chantereyne. The marina was constructed in 1975 and is truly part of the city. With its four wet docks, the marina has 1,600 moorings in what is Europe's largest artificial harbour. It's a deep water harbour that is accessible 24/7. The 'Plage Verte' is located right next to the harbour. The layout and décor suggest 'beach' but the loungers, parasols and beach restaurants are not on sand but on grass. The museum Cité de la Mer tells stories about the secrets and riches of the oceans. The equipment that is used to map the seabed can be found in the Galere des Engins. During the Second World War, Cherbourg suffered badly but a few narrow, historic lanes still exist. The façades of the buildings are made of blue slate, which is typical of the region.
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