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Been Seriously Tidied Up In Recent Years
Still A Little Scruffy In Places
In a nutshell
Defintely A Destination On The UP!
Ilfracombe looks out onto the Bristol Channel which has the World's second-highest tidal range - the difference between high and low tides can be as much as 14 metres. The harbour here is a deep-water one and so the pier has been designed to allow passenger-carrying ships, such as Liundy's MS Oldenburg, to be able to dock almost independently of the tide.
This is achieved by a series of stepped stages which allow the boats' gangplanks to be secured throughout most of the range - the exceptions being low tide and very high ones.
Written Nov 1, 2012
Whilst the now spruced-up harbour is one of the town's most attactive features it is still a working quayside with boats tooing and froing and fish being landed. It is quite a safe environment and the quayside is safely wallled. However there are parts which can be dangerous especially when wet and when the Atlantic storms muster and so a little caution is advised. Also don't let young children go unsupervised.
Updated Jun 29, 2009