An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Lundy, United Kingdom
Distance: 14.3 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: north coast of Devon
  • Size: 450 hectares
  • Terrain: coastal path
  • Access: boat
  • Height gain: 600 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 139
  • Starting point: the landing beach, Lundy
  • Accommodation/food:

    food is available at the island’s stores sells snacks, with hot and cold food at the Marisco Tavern. Accommodation available but book early.

  • Island Summary:

    where the Bristol Channel meets the Atlantic Ocean sits the granite island of Lundy replete with puffins, the Lundy cabbage and an opportunity to swim along with its resident colony of mischievous seals. Lundy is a destination for those seeking peace and nature, owned by the National Trust and operated by the Landmark Trust the whole island is a working farm with plenty of accommodation, its own pub and store.

  • Look out for:
    • Famous Lundy puffins between April and July
    • Exploring smugglers caves and subterranean passages
    • Climbing over to Rat Island
    • Sampling the local brew at the legendary Marisco Tavern
  • Route description:

    from the landing beach the round-island route quickly leaves the masses behind to head north up the ruggedly beautiful east coast to the seal colony at Gannets Rock. On reaching the northern tip the whole of the island, an expanse of grassland and heath, can then be seen to the south. Walking along the western coast, with its rock features that take the full force of the Atlantic, the puffins can be viewed (in season) and Battery Point is a great place to explore more of the island’s past. As the walk completes the south coast it passes the remains of the castle and then heads into ‘town’ for some well earned refreshments.

  • Getting there:

    sea passages from Bideford or Ilfracombe on the graceful MS Oldenberg up to four days a week, end of March to end October. Helicopters only in winter time.

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