1 NEWTOWN CREEK
A National Nature Reserve, Newtown Creek is one of the most tranquil anchorages this side of the Solent. The main one is at Clamerkin Lake. Make sure your anchor is properly set as the tide is quite strong. There are also a number of paid-for visitor moorings here, although the majority are in the estuary leading to Shalfleet. Explore the channels by dinghy.
2 SIR MAX AITKEN MUSEUM
This former 18th Century sail loft on Cowes’ High Street houses Sir Max Aitken’s personal collection of nautical artefacts including the gaff from the Royal racing yacht, Britannia. Open May to September, Tuesday-saturday. Appointments are available outside of these opening times. 01983 293800
3 TIFFINS OF COWES
If overnighting at Cowes Yacht Haven, don’t breakfast aboard. Instead, head to Tiffins on the High Street for the best bacon sandwich around. You will have to arrive early to beat the queues. 01983 292310
4 THE BARGEMAN’S REST
With its extensive menu and real ale selection, this hostelry at Little London Quay, Newport Harbour is the ideal place for lunch after exploring the upper reaches of the River Medina. 01983 525828
5 THE LITTLE GLOSTER RESTAURANT & BAR
Gurnard Bay outside Cowes is another pretty spot to visit. The walk to Gurnard village is well worth the effort, especially as it is home to The Little Gloster. The restaurant is open Wednesday-sunday and has an extensive lunch and dinner menu, as well as its BBQ Friday. It can cater for crews. 01983 298776
6 PONTOON VIEW POP UP BAR
Run by the much-loved former landlady of the Pier View, the Pontoon View Pop Up Bar is held every Friday and Saturday night on the terrace of Cowes Yacht Haven. Enjoy sundowners, gourmet burgers, seafood and cheese boards while taking in Solent’s spectacular view.
7 COWES-NEWPORT CYCLE PATH
One of the best ways to explore Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight, is via the cycle path, which starts in Cowes and runs along the River Medina to Newport Harbour.