Day Trip to Lundy

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Lundy from the coast of Devon

We boarded the M.S. Oldenburg along with about 200 other people for the 2 hour boat trip to Lundy from Illfracombe early in the morning (well, early for me at least).  It was a warm day so we stood up on deck as the ship set sail.  For about the first half an hour we followed the North Devonshire coastline and we could see all the beaches that we had been to and the footpaths that we had walked over the years.

Apparently we made good time and arrived in Lundy about 15 minutes early.  We had to be back at the boat in 4 hours time for the return trip and, after calculating that the path around the island was about 10km long, we decided that we would walk around the whole island.

The boat that brought us to the island - M.S Oldenburg - at the Quaey on Lundy.
  The highest point on the island is only 143 metres high but as we were at sea level to start with we had a short climb to start off with but other than that it was flat, easy walking.  The highest point on the island is actually where the Old Lighthouse is stationed and it is actually the highest lighthouse in Britain.  However, this is also the reason why it is now no longer used - it was often covered in fog and (if my memory serves me correctly) there have been over 200 shipwrecks on the island.  Now two new lighthouses have been built at either end of the island and rather imaginatively named the 'North Lighthouse' and the 'South Lighthouse'.

The weather was fantastic and we walked clockwise around the island, following the coastal path on the western side of the island at first.

View along the South coast
  The views were really spectacular with some amazing rock formations and due to the amount of times we were stopping to take pictures we became pressed for time and were contemplating cutting the northern end of the island off.  We didn't in the end, though, and we made it to the North Lighthouse where we saw seals swimming in the sea :)  The path back to the south of the island (where the boat was) was not so spectacular but it was still a nice walk.  On arriving back in the south of the island we stopped at the pub for a quick drink, which was really nice, then boarded the boat to return back to the mainland.

On booking the trip to Lundy I was expecting a pleasant walk around the island with the odd photogenic spot but nothing special.  However, you could almost point the camera anywhere and get a fantastic picture, especially on the western side of the island.  The walk around the island was far better than I anticipated and one day I would love to return but perhaps stay overnight in a tent (or even in the old lighthouse).  Other than walking, having a picnic or sitting in the pub there is nothing else to do on the island (hence there are only 26 people living there) so you really need good weather to make the most of the experience but if you find yourself near Illfracombe then I would highly recommend a day trip to Lundy.  You can go by boat or helicopter.

mellemel8 says:
ignore my comment. i am an idiot. i have been to devon. cute town. i agree the views are breath taking.
Posted on: Sep 01, 2007
Sunflower300 says:
Sounds like a lovely day. The photos are beautiful.
Posted on: Sep 01, 2007
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Lundy from the coast of Devon
Lundy from the coast of Devon
The boat that brought us to the is…
The boat that brought us to the i…
View along the South coast
View along the South coast
The Old lighthouse.  This is the h…
The Old lighthouse. This is the …
Rock formation along the north coa…
Rock formation along the north co…
Rock formation along the north coa…
Rock formation along the north co…
The North lighthouse.
The North lighthouse.
Seals in the sea off the northern …
Seals in the sea off the northern…
Lundy  Castle
Lundy Castle
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Goat on Lundy
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