Balmoral arrived at Lydney at 08:30 for an 08:45 departure (with this early start there was no “sunrise cruise” from Clevedon this time) Waiting to board were a disappointingly small number of about 80 (including about a dozen regulars who’d travelled some distance for the sailing – and one chap who’d camped overnight!)
|Bal arriving at Lydney|
|Passing under 'old' Severn Bridge (M48)|
|The second Severn Crossing (M4 bridge)|
|Travelling incignito - ex Balmoral purser (name?........can't remember)|
|Passing Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks|
We left Clevedon 20 minutes early. With time in hand Capt Clarke kept us fairly close to the Somerset coast, passing close to and south of Steep Holm then across Bridgewater Bay towards Hurtstone Point (between Minehead and Porlock) where we went close inshore all the way to ‘Combe. I can’t remember having done this route since the early 1960’s – on a Scilly Isles trip.
|Passing south of Steep Holm|
|Alongside at Ilfracombe|
|View of the pier (MV Oldenburg on the left) and Lantern Hill|
Thanks to Peter Devrell for allowing the use of some of his photos. Peter also shot some video of the Lydney – Clevedon section of the cruise he’s uploaded a 7 minute clip to YouTube, to view it click HERE. Peter has a YouTube Channel with lots of video clips of ‘steamy’ things – mainly engines, there’s also one of Waverley and another of Swiss paddlers – I’ve added a link to his site in the Links section.
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