Top 3 of the most beautiful anchorages in the Channel

Top 3 of the most beautiful anchorages in the Channel
Top 3 of the most beautiful anchorages in the Channel

CHAUSEY 48°52′,2 N – 1°49′,2 W

Grandiose. 365 islets at low tide and 52 at high tide. A tidal range of 14 meters at high tide, the strongest in Europe, which transforms the landscape minute by minute. On the Big Island, a small village with only a grocery store, two restaurants and a hotel. Chausey is a paradise for fishermen on foot. Prefer high tides to go and pick cockles, clams, clams and even lobster while respecting the regulations. Several possible anchorages but the safest is the Sound. Enter this channel from the south to moor on moorings. Be careful, catching a buoy can be acrobatic in strong currents. When the boat allows it, it’s nicer to go aground at the Grand-Grève on a sandy bottom.

PLOUMANAC’H 48°49′.7 N – 3°29′.4 W

To go to anchor at the Ploumanac’h lighthouse you will pass at the foot of the Costaérès castle, set in the middle of a small green islet.

Sumptuous shelter in the middle of the chaos of granite rocks sculpted by the sea. You absolutely must be there at sunset when the rounded shapes of pink granite take on orange colors. Enter this cove, very enclosed by the narrow channel for a mile. The Ploumanac’h lighthouse welcomes you on the port side while you pass at the foot of the Costaérès castle which you contemplate on the starboard side. At the bottom of this cove, you moor on a mooring in a pool surrounded by a wall which retains water with a depth of 1.50 meters. Possibility of stranding outside the pool. The customs officers’ path which dates from 1907 takes you through impressive blocks sculpted by the wind and the sea, to Perros-Guirec in three hours of walking.

The Ploumanac’h lighthouse stands proudly facing the sea, among pink granite rocks. If you can, go there at sunset… the spectacle is magnificent.

L’ABER WRAC’H 48°36′.0 N – 4°33′.5 W

The Aber Wrac’h separates the coasts of the Channel from those of the Iroise Sea. It is punctuated by numerous small sandy beaches and shores where boats land at low tide.

The Aber is a river invaded by the sea at rising tide. The Aber Wrac’h separates the coasts of the Channel from those of the Iroise Sea. In the mouth, bounded to the south by the superb Baie des Anges and to the north by the intimidating Virgin Island whose lighthouse, a gray tower of 83 meters, announces the many dangers. There is no shortage of small sandy beaches and beaches where boats land at low tide. Splendid landscape and colors. Outside, conditions can be harsh with strong currents and rough seas, but quickly the estuary offers a much more peaceful atmosphere. On the left bank, the port is a vast natural shelter fitted out with pontoons. We may prefer, upstream, wilder anchorages, where the Aber is more steep, near the Moulin de l’Enfer for example.

In the mouth, bounded to the south by the superb Baie des Anges and to the north by the intimidating Virgin Island whose lighthouse, a gray tower of 83 meters, announces the many dangers.

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