A grey seal sitting on rocks at the Farne Islands

This Northumberland outpost offers rich history and plenty of wildlife experiences, says Alastair Buchan

The bay at Newtown Haven in Northumberland

Not only does this anchorage offer good holding but stargazing, birdwatching and a beautiful sandy beach, says Alastair Buchan

the creeks at Western Haven, Newtown off the Solent

Peter Bruce packs a picnic and takes a dinghy day trip to explore a secret haven just a mile or two from the Solent

Under a brilliant blue sky, Scotland's Isle of Whithorn

It may be slightly out of the way for those heading north, but this anchorage near the Solway Firth is worth visiting, says Dag Pike

Rías Baixas

Just beyond Biscay lies a glorious coast rarely explored by British cruisers. After cruising there, Chris Beeson urges the valiant to be a pilgrim and to visit the Rías Baixas…

Lundy

Lundy is a bird-watcher’s paradise with its own particular character, but mind the swell, says Jonty Pearce