Waverley Excursions

Destination Guide

What to see & do on the Bristol Channel

CLEVEDON Clevedon is a quiet seaside resort with plenty of walks, public houses and cafes for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Stepping off the ship will take you on to Clevedon’s most prominent feature, the magnificent Victorian Pier restored to its former glory in the late 1980’s. Attractions in Clevedon include the Heritage centre close to the pier and also Clevedon Court, a 14th century Manor house situated just outside Clevedon, 15mins on the bus. Along the coast there are some nice short walks to be found. Head west and take the Poets walk past the Marine Lake which is relatively short but rewarding, or head east where the coast path takes you past Ladye Bay towards Walton Bay and Portishead.

CRUISE EXMOOR COAST Cruising eastwards from Ilfracombe gives the chance to view some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in the whole of England. Sail past Combe Martin, the Great Hangman (highest cliff on the English Coast), Woody Bay, Lee Bay, The Valley of Rocks, Lynton and Lynmouth before sailing past the Lighthouse on Foreland Point and into Porlock Bay and the Devon/Somerset Border.

CRUISE HOLM ISLANDS Cruise around the mystical islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm, the first with its sheer cliffs and teeming bird population is a nature reserve, while Flat Holm plays host to youth venture groups. Listen to their fascinating histories with our full commentary as you relax and enjoy this close-up view of these intriguing islands.

EVENING SHOWBOAT Don’t miss our famous Evening Showboats with live music onboard. Bring friends, colleagues & family for a great night out -10% discount for 6 or more people.

ILFRACOMBE Ilfracombe is a small seaside town situated on the North Devon coast of Exmoor. A popular holiday destination, Ilfracombe offers plenty of family entertainment and the famous Tunnel Beaches. A ten minute walk from the pier takes you to the main streets where various shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes are situated along with the local Tourist Information Centre. A short walk is to the top of Capstone Hill and Wildersmouth Beach and the Torrs walk is more demanding but highly rewarding with some magnificent views.

LUNDY ISLAND Lundy Island lies off the coast of North Devon on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The waters surrounding the island are England’s only statutory Marine Nature Reserve and most of the Island itself is a site of Special Interest with a large variety of birds and sea life. On the Island the path from the landing jetty is quite a steep one and it can take a bit of time to get up onto the main part of the Island. Once there you can visit the church, shop and the Marisco Tavern for refreshments.

PENARTH Penarth, known as Wales’ Garden by the Sea, is an example of a quiet and generally unspoilt Victorian seaside resort. Enjoy a stroll along the Esplanade to one of the many public gardens or sit and watch the world go by from the cafes and restaurants along the seafront. For those looking for a bit more excitement, the city of Cardiff is only a short bus ride from the pier.

RIVER & ISLANDS EXPLORER Sail up the River Severn and sail under the two Severn Bridges then cruise around the mystical islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm, the first with its sheer cliffs and teeming bird population is a nature reserve, while Flat Holm plays host to youth venture groups. Listen to their fascinating histories with our full commentary as you relax and enjoy this close-up view of these intriguing islands.

RIVER SEVERN & BRIDGES Sail up the River Severn and sail under the two Severn Bridges.

WELSH MOUNTAINS BY STEAM TRAIN Journey through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Enjoy the rolling hillsides and valleys as you travel in all-weather observation carriages behind a vintage steam train.   You will steam through Pontsticill and along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir before reaching the summit of Torpantau.