South Coast Destinations

Swanage

Swanage is a coastal town, on a peninsula called the Isle of Purbeck, in the south east county of Dorset The town is located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. It developed as a small port and fishing village but gained greater prominence in the Victorian era when it became a significant quarrying port and then a seaside resort for the rich. It remains a popular tourist resort and is a great base to explore the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. Include on your travels a spot of fossil hunting for which the area is well known and then return and enjoy Swanage’s own sandy beach and local attractions.

You can walk or cycle around Swanage and its local area. Take the South West Coast Path for three miles to the chalk formations known as Old Harry. Old Harry refers to the single stack of chalk furthest out to sea. There was another stack known as Old Harry’s wife but in 1896 erosion caused it to fall into the sea and leave a remaining stump. Thousands of years ago Old Harry and The Needles, another chalk formation on the Isle of Wight, were linked by a line of chalk hills that were eroded away during the last ice age. The National Trust owns the land and looks after it for future generations. Its website provides more information about its vision and mission and other places of interest that you can visit.

One mile south of Swanage is Durlston Country Park, another interesting place to enjoy walks with a variety of wildlife. It is 280 acres of countryside and its visitor’s centre at Durlston Castle, a unique Victorian building with stunning rooftop views, a cafe, gallery and shop. It provides a helpful introduction to the Jurassic Coast to help you orientate yourself and understand the magnitude of how the land around you came to be.

Swanage lays claim to some of the best fish and chips in Dorset as well as hand-made chocolate and locally made ice-cream to eat along its promenade and find out about its Tale of Two Piers.

Torquay

Torquay is a seaside town with sandy beaches, cliffs, and a Victorian Pavilion in the county of Devon. During Victorian times its mild climate earned it the title of the English Riviera along with the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, and the village of Babbacombe. Palm tree species thrive among the Victorian architecture. Cabbage trees or ‘Torbay Palms’ are a particular favourite and were introduced from New Zealand in 1820.

Torquay has an important geological heritage that is recognised by UNESCO. A visit to Kents Cavern, a home to early man, enables you to walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns where you can view 400 million year old rocks and impressive stalagmites and stalactites. More features can be viewed on local walks including the South West Coast Path where you can find ‘London Bridge’ a limestone arch.

Or maybe you prefer to tour the town, especially the marina and port and find the loading ramps still visible from where American soldiers left Torquay for Utah beach as part of the Normandy landings. On your walk look out for the blue plaques. There are forty-nine blue plaques in the English Riviera to help you discover more about its interesting past. Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning spent time at the now Hotel Regina on Torquay harbourside. Agatha Christie the famous murder mystery author was born here and Charles Darwin the British naturalist and geologist leased a house in the town.

Or for those who enjoy shopping you can indulge in Torquay pottery made from potteries that use local clay and have been operating since 1875.

Chichester

Chichester is a city with a twelfth century cathedral in the county of West Sussex. It was a Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlement and a major market town from those times through Norman and medieval times to the present day. The River Lavant flows to the south of the city.

 As you walk around you can see evidence of its time as a Roman settlement. The plan of the city is inherited from the Romans: the North, South, East and West shopping streets with their mix of independent shops and high street favourites radiate from the central market cross, an elaborate market cross and well known landmark made from Caen stone and built by the Bishop of Chichester (completed 1503). He built it as a meeting point and to ensure the poor had somewhere to sell their products. There are Roman baths, an amphitheatre which is now a park but the site of the amphitheatre can still be seen as a gentle bank that is roughly oval in shape. You can see Roman walls built to protect the city and the old Roman road called Stane Street, linking Chichester with London. If you would like to find out more then ‘The Novium Museum’ is free to visit and in the heart of the city centre. It is built over the remains of the Roman bathhouse with three floors of exhibitions and tells the story of Chichester’s rich heritage and its surrounding area. The ground floor is filled by the remains of the Roman baths and there is an audio visual film explaining how they were built and used. The museum hosts a programme of events and new exhibitions and they are listed on their website.

 Walking is an enjoyable way to discover the landscape and wildlife of Chichester Harbour. Chichester Harbour became a designated Area of Outstanding National Beauty (1964) now known as National Landscapes to reflect its national importance and vital contribution made to protect our natural world. It is internationally recognised for rare habitats and protected species stretching over 9,226 acres.

Littlehampton

Littlehampton is a town and seaside resort with sandy beaches, a pier and marina in the county of West Sussex. It is also a commercial port. It is located on the eastern bank of the mouth of the River Arun that flows into the English Channel. The South Downs National Park is three miles north of the town.

Evidence has been found of a settlement in prehistoric and Roman times. It is named in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the small hamlet of ‘Hantone’ when it is understood to have been a fishing community. It was once owned by the rulers of Normandy, France.

It developed as a result of its port, although in the eighteenth century it also became known as a holiday destination attracting notable figures such as John Constable, the English landscape painter and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an English poet. For some of a certain generation it became known as the base for the first ever Blue Peter lifeboat. Viewers of the Blue Peter programme funded a lifeboat from 1967 until 2016. Littlehampton lifeboat station is one of the UK’s busiest RNLI Lifeboat stations.

Walk along the promenade and you will find the longest bench in Britain built from salvaged tropical wood and one of the longest in the world where you can sit with an unobstructed view of the sea and read messages engraved into the slats.

Langstone Harbour

Booking Your Adventure

Bookings can be made for the whole boat or on a couple / individual basis.
Couples can book the En-suite Fore Cabin or the Saloon on this site directly.
There are two separate single cabins available for individuals or crew. We ask that single guests call us as there are different booking formation options depending on the group size and other bookings.
She is ideal for families and small group holidays offering an unrivalled experience of classic maritime charm, history and grace.