The trip to Lundy Island is a unique experience and a popular excursion than can be done from our area. The two hour crossing on MS Oldenburg is all part of the fun. Sailings are from Ilfracombe or Bideford, both of which are less than an hour’s drive from Lynton.
People visit Lundy for Walking, diving, climbing, photography, birdwatching, fishing and some just to enjoy the tranquility. The island is three miles long and half a mile wide and is covered by a network of paths, making walking the best way to explore.
You have about seven hours to explore, so it would be possible to get to the top of the island and back, but we found that a circular route starting on the west coastal path, crossing at the half-way wall and then returning along the east coastal path gave us time to look at some of the sites of historical interest, take photographs and stop to admire the stunning views.
Lundy is known for it’s variety of birdlife and a notice is kept up to date of recent sightings, which gave us a few well-needed clues about what we had spotted. The Pied Flycatcher (above) was our favourite spot, as we had never seen one before.
The Marisco Tavern doubles up as a pub and a cafe, serving Lundy ales, lunches, snacks, coffee and cake. There is also a grocery shop selling fresh produce, souvenirs and books about the island.
We left Lundy feeling we had much more to see and highly recommend a visit.
For more information including crossing times visit the official website at: www.lundyisland.co.uk