The South Coast and The Solent
The strait seperating the Isle of Wight from the mainland of
England. Its complex tides and sheltered anchorages make it an
ideal location for yachting.
England’s South Coast faces France across the
English Channel and encompasses some of the most active yachting
destinations in the UK. From the Jurassic Coast, past the historic
ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, the South Coast lies within
easy reach of London and many key sporting and social events.
Heading east from the creeks and hills of
Cornwall and Devon, you encounter the limestone cliffs and sweeping
bays of the ‘Jurassic Coast.’ This World Heritage Site runs from
east Devon through the whole of Dorset. It was here that the
significance of the fossil dinosaur bones eroding from the soft
cliffs was first understood. At Charmouth and Lyme Regis, these
Jurassic layers continue to give up their monstrous treasure...
Continuing East past Southampton, Portsmouth,
the Isle of Wight and the famous Cowes and towards
London, you pass the seaside towns of Brighton and Eastbourne
before raising the White Cliffs of Dover. In the straits of Dover,
Calais and France is just over 20 miles away, reminding you once
more that this Island Nation is a part of Europe...
Please use the links below to find out more about key
· From Devon head
east towards Weymouth; stop off at Lyme Regis for fossilhunting
and marvel at Chesil Beach
· From Weymouth
explore Hardy country and dine at Sienna in Dorchester – or catch
the Olympic sailing...
· Sailing east to
Poole, kite surf in the vast natural harbour
· Head towards
Lymington from Poole and enter sailor’s heaven
· A short hop
across to Cowes, Isle of Wight – enjoy the regattas and
· Back to the
mainland and Portsmouth; catch a play at Chichester Festival
· Past Brighton and
the white cliffs of Dover towards London, historic Ramsgate offers
good shelter en route