Spotlight on Lundy Island
Published: Wednesday 12th Sep 2018
Written by: Katie Bessant
Welcome to a car free world where wildlife outnumbers residents. 11 miles off the North Devon coast sits Lundy Island. A walker’s paradise with more sunshine and less rainfall than the mainland. Lundy sits in a world of its own and is just a boat trip away.
Lundy has always been associated with the colourful puffin and the word ‘Lundy’ is Norse for Puffin Island. Owned by the Landmark Trust it’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to some diverse bird life with 140 species of birds recorded, including puffins, guillemot and razorbill.
Lundy is also a wildlife hotspot… In fact, it’s awash with wildlife! With soay sheep, Lundy ponies, sika deer and mountain goats living on the island. Look out for basking sharks, grey seals and dolphins during the boat trip transfer… so be sure to take your binoculars!
Lundy’s exposed rugged western side is a landscape of cliffs and caves, crags, rock stacks and buttresses. In contrast to the eastern edge is a gentler, grassy sheltered coastline with an abundance of wild flowers (over 300 flowering plant species).
The islands diversification explains its attraction and it’s worth climbing the 147 steps to the top of the old lighthouse for spectacular views to Cornwall, Somerset, Devon and across the channel to Wales. There are some good dive sites and climbing opportunities. It’s also a popular family destination with plenty of activities to keep the children entertained including snorkel safaris, rock pool rambles and letterboxing (following clues around the island). Events are scheduled throughout the year so you can learn more about the island and appreciate the wildlife.
Once you’ve visited Lundy you’ll want to return… the night skies are clear without light pollution, the landscape is stunning and the clear waters are great for snorkelling, so don’t forget the wetsuit.
HOW TO GET TO LUNDY ISLAND
Trips run daily from Ilfracombe or Bideford aboard the MS Oldenburg from March to October. For further details, call 01271 863636