East Side © Mandy Dee Lundy is an island three and a half miles long and half a mile wide which rises steeply from the Bristol Channel between England and Wales.

It is famous for its seabirds, including the Puffins which gave the island its name (from the Norse for Puffin Island) but there is also a wealth of other animals and plants on the island and in the waters around it. As the name means Puffin Island, there is no need to add another "Island" after Lundy.

Previous inhabitants have also left evidence of their presence, from prehistoric flintwork to Victorian quarries. The present inhabitants work for the Landmark Trust who manage the farm and holiday accommodation. Landmark lease Lundy from its owners, the National Trust.

Getting to Lundy

Between early April and the end of October day trips to Lundy are possible on the island's supply ship MS Oldenburg, which undertakes the 2-hour crossing from Ilfracombe or Bideford up to four times a week. Depending on the tides and the sailing schedule this can give you between three and a half hours and seven hours ashore. To enjoy more time on the island it is possible to stay in one of 23 rental properties. During the winter season a twice-weekly helicopter service operates from Hartland Point for staying visitors. Details of travel to Lundy and accommodation on the island can be found on the website of the Landmark Trust.

What to do and see on the island

For the explorer there are spectacular walks around this magnificent island. There are many places to look out for that have mysterious names such as Hell's Gates, Shutter Point, Needle Rock, Punchbowl Valley, the Devil's Slide and many more.

The island has a turbulent history of piracy, smuggling and periods of peaceful habitation. During one of the peaceful periods, Lundy was owned by the Heaven family and the island was known as the Kingdom of Heaven. There are small clues that give away the dramatic history that surrounds this tiny island. Many of the buildings such as the Old Lighthouse and even a 13th-century castle now provide accommodation for the welcome visitor. The central point of the whole island is the Marisco Tavern, a warm friendly place with plenty of fine food and shelter.

An excellent YouTube film, Lundy, the Glory of the Bristol Channel has been produced by LFS member, Rob Durrant.

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