A boat trip from Cornwall to Devon: Cremyll to Royal William Yard

My sister and my 20 month old nephew are staying with mum and I at the moment – the perfect excuse to enjoy some of this amazing summer weather!

Yesterday we decided to take them to Pierre restaurant at Royal William Yard because we were so impressed with it last time. What better way to travel there than by boat? The Cremyll Ferry runs every half an hour, connecting Cornwall to Plymouth. Best of all, the short ferry trip only costs Β£1.50 per person each way and you can get from Cornwall to Devon or vice versa within 15 minutes!

From where we are in St Germans, Cremyll is only a 20 minute drive, through scenic Cornish countryside of course! When we arrived in Cremyll, my nephew was fast asleep so my sister decided to stay in the car with him for half an hour whilst mum andΒ I grabbed a juice/iced coffee from The Edgcumbe Arms and sat on a bench on the banks of the Tamar, overlooking Drakes Island and Plymouth Sound. The water was sparkling in the sun.


When my nephew was awake, we joined the queue for the Cremyll Ferry and watched as the Edgcumbe Belle sailed towards us. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the sea breeze as we were ferried away from the banks of Cornwall towards the iconic Royal William Yard in Devon.

15 minutes later, we got off the boat and walked the five minute walk to Pierre restaurant. This time I opted for the Crab Ravioli followed by the Steak Frites – I honestly think you cannot go wrong at Pierre: the lunch menu is only Β£10.95 for two courses, the service is impeccable and the food is bursting with flavour.


Once we were all fed and watered, we went onto the grassy area next to the restaurant and sat on the deck chairs whilst taking it in turns to play football with my nephew (he has an awesome ‘Finding Dory’ football!)


We then went for a short walk around the rest of the yard, pausing to take some pictures. Then it was time to take the ferry back to Cremyll, as we wanted to drive to the beach in the afternoon.

For those travelling in the opposite direction, Cremyll and nearby Mount Edcumbe have lots to offer as well. There’s the Edcumbe Arms on the waters edge, where mum and I sat at the start of the day; Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park to explore; plus, the exquisite Orangery which sells lovely cakes!

The Cremyll Ferry also takes passengers from the vibrant Barbican in Plymouth to the seaside villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. This is much better than trying to drive between these places, particularly at this time of year, as the ferry is both quicker and cheaper.


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