Lundy Island, 12 miles off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel, is an unspoilt granite outcrop just three miles long and half a mile wide. With a starkly contrasting landscape, high rugged cliffs on the west and a sheltered grassy coastline to the east, the Island creates a rich diversity of animal and plant life. There is unique flora and fauna, sika deer, soay sheep, Lundy ponies, goats, seals and an array of bird life. Lundy was the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone the waters have a spectacular array of marine wildlife, which can be enjoyed from above or below the waves.
The Island boasts its own village store and infamous Marisco Tavern for supplies and also offers a number of warden-led activities including guided walks, rockpool rambles and snorkel tours. So whether you want to spend time exploring the Island’s history, taking in the local wildlife or trying to complete the Lundy Letterbox challenge, you can see why so many people return time and again.
From late March until the end of October visitors can travel from Bideford or Ilfracombe aboard the supply vessel MS Oldenburg on a day trip or if you’d rather stay longer the Landmark Trust has 23 unique properties to rent, with camping also available. Tickets available from Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre