Lundy Island Guide
The island of Lundy lies around 25 miles to the west of Ilfracombe and 20 miles north west of Bideford in the Bristol Channel. The island is quite small - 3 miles long by half a mile wide - and has a wild, natural beauty, unspoilt by modern development. There are no vehicles on the island, so it is a nice place for a walk!
Lundy has a long history of settlement, a 13th century castle, and three lighthouses plus an abundance of birds and wildlife. There are around 400 species of bird living on the island as well as sika deer and soay sheep; grey seals can be seen on the coast. Among the bird species can be found: kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, shags, oystercatchers and puffins. The coastline of the island is designated a Heritage Coast and the offshore area was declared as Britain's first Marine Conservation Zone in 2010.
Around twenty five people live on the island permanently; these consist of a farmer, a warden, conservation staff and housekeeping and catering staff associated with tourist facilities. There are a number of cottages on the island which are available to visitors for rent and these are operated by the Landmark Trust. The Marisco Tavern serves hot and cold food and drinks and there is an island shop which sells snacks and souvenirs.
The MS Oldenburg sails to Lundy on a frequent basis during March to October from both Ilfracombe and Bideford on the North Devon coast - check the timetable as it changes with the seasons. In the winter months a helicopter service operates from Hartland Point in north Devon but only on Mondays and Fridays - check the islands website for exact details - www.lundyisland.co.uk
Places to visit around the Lundy area
Bideford - a small port and holiday town with access to excellent beaches at Westward Ho! - see North Devon page
Ilfracombe - seaside resort in north Devon - has its own page.
Exmoor National Park - lies to the south east of Ilfracombe
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