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Sailing and Walking in Cornwall

Sail and Walk the SW Coast Path

If you love walking the South West Coast Path then why not see it from a different perspective. Live aboard a wooden boat as your floating base and row ashore to hug an oak tree or stretch your legs along stunning beaches and clifftop paths. We are very lucky to have the South West Coast Path running the length of Cornwall, and Devon coast. As long as our sailing ships can find a sheltered anchorage and small boat landing spot, we can access the Coast Path and the myriad of inland footpaths that join it.

Sail and Trek - a Great Combination

Classic Sailing run sailing holidays on beautiful wooden boats and tall ships all over the world, so you can sail and walk in places like East Greenland, the Outer Hebrides or tropical Cape Verde. 

Cornwall is our backyard and our skippers know the coast and landing spots ‘like a smuggler. ’If you want to have the best of both worlds – adventure afloat and exploration ashore then three of our Cornwall based vessels have wooden rowing boats so you can make forays ashore under oar.

Rowing Gig as Ships Boat on Grayhound

Three masted lugger 'Grayhound' has a clinker rowing boat called Alice and a mini gig boat for all trips ashore which fits in with their ethical ethos of green travel. Grayhound is 108ft long overall with plenty of deck space so the ship's rowing boats fit on deck and go with them everywhere from the Caribbean to the Scillies. Owners Marcus and Freya are keen walkers and explorers and have taken guest crew on some epic walks in far flung places as well as their current sailing grounds in Cornwall, Scillies and Brittany.

Grayhound Cornwall Voyage Schedule - dates and prices


Epic Expeditions Under Oar on Eve

Pilot Cutter Eve tows an expedition sized wooden punt call Number 8 for most her short voyages in Cornwall. Eve also runs themed sailing and walking voyages specifically to explore the SW Coast Path. The 3 day voyages are called SAIL – WALK – ROW and attract sailors and non-sailors alike (see below) 

If you can't find the dates you want, then why not try our standard 3 day sailing voyages as Eve usually tows her rowing tender behind so we can explore ashore. If the winds are perfect for sailing then we may not stop quite so often as a SAIL-WALK-ROW voyage, but we generally like to go on at least one foray ashore somewhere remote and beautiful. (marinas aren't really our thing !)

All Eve Cornwall 3 day voyages - dates and prices


Boat Builders Pride - Clinker Tender for Agnes

The skipper of pilot cutter Agnes is a boat builder and Luke has lived on wooden boats all his life so the ships tender has to be clinker, and very beautiful she is too.

Agnes Short Breaks in Cornwall - dates and prices



A Cornwall activity holiday with a nautical twist. You can learn to sail a traditional boat and re-discover the art of rowing when we anchor to explore an unspoilt beach or creek. Wherever we land we can reach the famously rugged South West Coast Path which runs around the whole Cornish coast.

Our SAIL WALK ROW voyages on 'Eve of St Mawes' in Cornwall are designed with novices and newcomers to sailing in mind and appeal to those who particularly like a holiday with plenty of fresh air, healthy exercise and great food. We won’t be yomping miles and we do welcome all ages, but you will need to be reasonable agile e.g. able to get down a short ladder from Eve into a dinghy.

Eve’s skippers know many wildlife haunts, caves and coves, pubs worth walking inland for and spectacular viewpoints. Georgia or Debbie love walking and will join you where possible or help you explore for yourselves.

Prices for 3 days including all sailing tuition, a skipper as a guide ashore, accomodation on board Eve, freshly cooked meals, sailing waterproofs etc are from £395.

Eve's SAIL-WALK-ROW Schedules - dates and prices


Classic Sailing Champion Sculling and Rowing 

In 2012 we needed to replace our well used ships tender for Eve, so we chose to invest in a 15ft clinker rowing boat instead of the typical inflatable with outboard that most yachts carry. Built by Peter Williams of Bodinnick Boatyard 'Number 8' is an improved replica of our previous tender, which was built from original template moulds found at Freshwater Boatyard, St Mawes.  The original was believed to be a tender for 1890's pilot cutter Vincent, based in St Mawes. Anyway its a great boat to take all 7 crew on adventures and forays ashore. We use 13ft gig boat oars, plus we have a smaller set of oars for young sailors and a sculling oar for poseurs.

You can learn to scull with Luke and Jo on Agnes and Marcus and Freya on Grayhound too.  

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slide show photos: Eve in Lantic Bay (Debbie), Grayhound Gig in Scillies (Grayhound), Agnes, Agnes and Hesper in Polperro harbour (Jo Powell), Dog Watch (DebbIe).

Photo credits top to bottom: Eve (Debbie), towing tenders (Grayhound), Ships Boat 'Alice' on St Martins (Debbie), Agnes and Tender (Jo Powell), Fowey woodland gathering (Debbie), Eves Tender in a secret cove (Debbie), Sunsey amongst the lichen - eve crew by Debbie



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