Return (Ticket) to Nature
Ilfracombe Princess
My Bird List
Pictures
Other Animals

Places
Ilfracombe
Cairn LNR

Bristol Channel
Lundy Island

Morte Point
Lynton & Lynmouth
County Gate

Two Rivers Estuary
Ashford
Bideford
Braunton
Fremington
Instow

Exe Estuary
Torbay

Somerset
Dulverton
Porlock

Cornwall
Kent

Scotland
Wales
Transport

Footpaths
Tarka Trail

Bus
1&2 Barnstaple-Appledore
3 Ilfracombe-Barnstaple
30 Combe Martin-Barnstaple
31 Ilfracombe-Mortehoe
86 Barnstaple-Plymouth
300 Ilfracombe-Minehead
307 Barnstaple-Taunton
308 Barnstaple-Georgeham
309/310 Barnstaple-Lynton
315 Barnstaple-Exeter
657 South Molton-Barnstaple

Train
Tarka Line
Avocet Line
Exeter - Paignton

Boat
Oldenburg
Ilfracombe Princess
Balmoral
Waverley
Scillonian III
Exmoor Coastal Cruises

The Ilfracombe Princess replaced the Queen of Cornwall in the Summer of 2005.

The Queen of Cornwall does up to four trips a day in the summer (weather permitting). There are two alternative routes. The first takes you easterly past Combe Martin to the cliffs below Great Hangman and to the waterfall at Sherracombe. The second route goes down to Morte Point in the west, passing the gentler cliffs around Lee Bay.

Bookings are taken by the clock at the entrance to Ilfracombe Harbour. More details can be found on their web site or by phoning 01271-879727


Friday 9th April Sunny, light winds (N ~5mph) A spring day that hinted of summer rather than the winter of six days ago. Today was the first day that the Queen of Cornwall sailed this year. The morning trip had gone out to Combe Martin but I had decided to go on the 12:30pm trip to Rockham Bay (which was a shame because they saw more auks on the morning trip).

Anyway, it was a beautiful day, blue skies flat seas. I only saw one Grey Seal and one Razorbill but I still enjoyed it. The big advantage of the Queen of Cornwall is that she is a lot smaller than the Oldenburg. This allows her to get closer to the land. Today's sea conditions were ideal for this and we got some great views of the cliffs. The Fulmars' ledges seemed a bit empty (it could have been the time of day).

The highlight for me was seeing a couple of Turnstones on the seaward side of a rock. They were hopping about just above the sea, where they would have been impossible to see from the land. No Gannets or Kittiwakes today but there are plenty more sailing days before winter. Perhaps this year I'll see the Peregrines that they've seen the past few years.


Routes
  • Ilfracombe - Morte Point
  • Ilfracombe - Sherracombe Waterfall

Links

Wildlife I've seen from
Queen of Cornwall
  1. Fulmar
  2. Gannet
  3. Cormorant
  4. Shag
  5. Oystercatcher
  6. Turnstone
  7. Black-headed Gull
  8. Herring Gull
  9. Great Black-back
  10. Kittiwake
  11. Guillemot
  12. Razorbill
  13. Grey Seal
  14. Dolphin?
  15. Harbour Porpoise
  16. Sun Fish
Grey Seal
Created 11/4/04
Last Modified 18/10/05