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.
- Ilfracombe - Morte Point
- Ilfracombe - Sherracombe Waterfall