Be sure to check out Reeds and / or the appropriate pilots for more detailed information and alternates, this is just an overview of likely candidates, but I have been to all of them.
If you can work the tide to get round Lands End from Newlyn to be at Cape Cornwall at a sensible time then with an east bound tide (as there should be) St Ives is achievable in a day and is an excellent setting off point for SE Ireland or South Wales BUT only in settled conditions, it is exposed to onshore winds and Atlantic swell and waves can refract round the headland to make the anchorage untenable, Newquay further up the coast is a surfing mecca for that very reason. Carbis bay (below) has a little more shelter and in unencumbered by moorings, but I would still use a tripping line to be on the safe side. Vodafone and O2 signals OK.
|St Ives after a week of light winds,|
|Looking SE towards Carbis Bay.|
St Ives - Carbis Bay
Padstow - Portquin Bay.
|Looking North from the anchorage.|
If going up the west coast of Wales then Milford is an obvious stop off point and it works well to or from Ireland depending on the wind and it has an anchorage to suit most winds. The most convenient are Dale Shelf with winds with west in them, Sandy Haven Bay for north westerlies to easterlies and West Angle Bay for easterlies and Angle Bay for southerlies although I have not used this largely due to it being shallow. If the wind changes you will probably have to move as the water can get quite uncomfortable, although not dangerous very quickly.
I would avoid Crow Pool (Pembrook River) in windy conditions, see below. There are a number of good anchorages above Cleddau bridge but it is 10NM from the entrance to the first ones. Vodafone and O2 signals OK throughout.
|Anchored above Cleddau bridge.|
Crow Pool (Pembroke River)
|Lower Town anchorage left and centre the east breakwater from|
where I anchored NE of Castle Point in 2023.
A large bay 3.5 miles NE of Bardsey Island. Access through Bardsey Sound needs a fair tide and it would be slow going coming from the south against the tide but once in there is good holding and good shelter from off shore winds. I used it returning from Ireland in 2022 and 2023. A direct passage to Milford is possible from here in the right conditions but is a very long day, Fishguard is likely to be preferred stop off on route (see the link for 2023).
|Aberdaron Bay anchorage at 21:22|