Best Bites with Penny Hopkins

Windermere

Windermere is a large lake in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park, surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere. Windermere Marina Village enjoys a lovely spot on the sheltered shores of England’s most famous and largest of lakes. This marina was established over 25 years ago on a quiet inlet and can accommodate boats up to 50′, with a max ...

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Southbourne

Southbourne might not have a marina but there is a lovely beach, and it is only a few miles from Christchurch Harbour. If you keep your boat in this area Southbourne is well worth the short trip, by foot, bike or bus, as the place is positively buzzing with exciting new food possibilities, alongside some good ol faithfulls, such as ...

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Whitehaven

Located on the west coast, outside the Lake District National Park, Whitehaven is a town and port in Cumbria. Whitehaven was England’s third largest port behind London and Bristol in the18th century, with coal and iron exports bringing wealth to the area. Merchants and sea captains took advantage of the relationships forged with the new Americas and dipped their fingers ...

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Emsworth

Tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire on the shore of Chichester Harbour, Emsworth is an attractive, vibrant town. Tucked up in the sheltered left armpit of Chichester Harbour, it is hard to believe that sleepy Emsworth was once home to James Duncan Foster, who built the 110ft Echo, the largest sailing fishing vessel ever built in England. ...

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Dorset’s Delights

Beautiful Dorset has plenty to tempt boaters, and this month it is Weymouth’s Feast festival and the delights of Poundbury that have caught Penny’s eye. As the Indian summer fades we pull out the winter boots our tastes turn to heartier fare. Using the boat as a handy B&B is a great way to see all those places you did ...

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Swansea

Swansea, on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, is a great family friendly holiday destination. There is so much to do in the area – from exploring the fishing village of Mumbles, to visiting museums such as the National Waterfront Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre. Swansea is Wales’ Waterfront City. It sits on the sandy five-mile stretch of Swansea ...

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Penarth, Cardiff Bay

Just across the border, Penarth Quays sits behind the impressive barrage, built 17 years ago to create Cardiff Bay – an area of open water ideal for events, recreation and wildlife. Cardiff Bay is now recognised as being one of the UK’s most successful regeneration programmes, creating a 500 acre freshwater lake, fed by the Rivers Taff and Ely, in ...

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Milford Marina & Milford Fish Festival

Penny pays a visit to Pembrokeshire’s Milford Marina and the wonderful Milford Fish Festival, part of Pembrokeshire Fish Week. The Port of Milford Haven owns and runs Milford Marina. The 320-berth marina enjoys a wide range of shoreside facilities including cafes, bars and restaurants, gift shops, hairdressers/beauty salons and physio, along with the usual boat yard services, plus a wet ...

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Brighton

This month Penny heads over to Sussex to investigate the culinary delights of Brighton. Call me a spoilt Solent softie but I am really not sure about the value in travelling as far east as Brighton and beyond. I know it is a buzzing town with over 800 food options (TripAdvisor) but I probably need to re-visit when the sun ...

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Bembridge

Bembridge Harbour is a sunny, sandy bay looking out towards the forts protecting the Solent from the east and offering sheltered gastronomic delights to visiting yachtsmen. For this trip to the Isle of Wight we decided to leave the boat behind, jump on the Red Funnel to East Cowes and pick up one of Red Squirrel’s e-bikes. We could actually ...

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