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The Waverley steamer is back in Ilfracombe

12:57 26 August 2014

The Waverley paddle steamer.

The Waverley paddle steamer.


Last sea-going paddle steamer returns to Ilfracombe this weekend.

The historic Waverley paddle steamer will begin just four days of sailings from Ilfracombe this year, starting on Friday.

The visit of the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world will include a trip to Lundy Island for the Annual Church Service on Sunday.

The service will include a special commemoration for the centenary of World War One and will be led by Canon Roy Doxsey.

Waverley will also bring visitors to Ilfracombe this year, on five days from Penarth, Porthcawl, Swansea, Newport, Clevedon, Bristol and Minehead, but some 80 trips are proposed for next year.

Plans are also proceeding to bring the pleasure steamer Balmoral back to Ilfracombe next summer.

To book tickets for this weekend’s trips, visit Ilfracombe TIC, call 0845 1304647 or go to

1 comment

  • First, and only time I went on a trip on the Waverley was from Avonmouth to Steep Holm, then back to Portishead in 1995, May. Took me 57 years to get there, so it may take a while to get out to Lundy, yet!

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    Hilary Brock

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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