Daphne du Maurier Country

After Scilly, we spent a day reprovisioning and restocking in Penzance before heading over to Falmouth, where Spellbinder has spent the last fortnight cruising the surrounding area.

I have always loved the Fal, and its continuation the Truro River. A classic Cornish ria, it is multifaceted and we enjoyed the many creeks and anchorages it offers. We also spent a fair bit of time in the adjacent Helford River, enjoying walks on both sides of the river, and kayaking up Frenchman’s Creek. Finally, we spent a couple of days in Fowey, eating, drinking and walking well. It was a very pleasant period of gentle cruising and immersing ourselves in a beautiful Cornish setting which was brought to life in several of Daphne du Maurier’s novels. Rather than give a blow by blow account, here are some photos which tell the story:

We covered a fair chunk of the South West Coast Path – here, near Fowey
Trelissick. We anchored just short of Malpas for a night or two, and enjoyed walks around the beautiful riverside gardens
It was a fair paddle against wind and tide to get to Frenchman’s Creek – thanks for the lift Jonty. Once there, it was as magical as I remember. Must read the novel…
Spellbinder at anchor in St Mawes, in front of a waxing gibbous moon. I had not been here before, but loved the town and the walks above it
Very nice to meet friends of friends, who live above Fowey and have a magnificent view. Thank you Lulu and Mary, and thank you Lucy for arranging it!
More walks around Helford
Mackerel caught and filleted by Jonty, to which I added a large scallop, brought up with weed on the anchor
Supper on board Jolie Brise with Pierre and Christina, fellow Hallberg Rassy owners. Thank you for a delicious supper
Birthday lunch at Sam’s, Fowey: seafood extravaganza washed down with Pouilly Fumé

Spellbinder remains in Falmouth and we return to her at the end of the month for further adventures – destination uncertain, but Brittany looks likely.

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