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“Stunning Location”
Review of Lundy Island

Lundy Island
Ranked #4 of 37 things to do in Bideford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located off the coast of Devon, this granite outcrop lies between England and America and is famed for its marine reserve.
Devon
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Stunning Location”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Simply the most amazing place to visit in the SouthWest. Tranquil, Solitude, Breathtaking. Any number of other words I could use to describe Lundy. Would love to stay overnight to experince seeing the ferry leave me behind.

Visited January 2013
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English first
Bideford, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Finally made it”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

For nearly thirty years I have taken my holidays in North Devon and finally made a trip to Lundy Island.

Quick tip - when you get off the boat - as long as it is not too wet, don't follow everyone up the hill towards the main route take a right along the coastal path through a little gate. Better views around this side of the island. Then you can leave the steep, very steep climb to come down instead.

Make sure you take binoculars for the seals that you might catch a glimpse of. And of course your camera. Lots of fauna and flora depending on what time of the year you go.

Final tip as has been said before, sit on the outside of the boat as the fumes are quite strong on the inside and it can be a bit of a bumpy ride until you get over the Bar.

Visited September 2012
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11 Thank Ildi M
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London, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“Isolated perfection.”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This truly is a unique location.

You arrive by boat or helicopter.

If travelling on HMS Oldenburg be careful if sitting underneath in the bottom of the ship, as myself and the others I was travelling with felt very sea sick. If was fine on the return journey as we sat above deck.

You're not confined to fixed seats. You can sit / stand where you wish.

Approaching the Island feels like a scene out of King Kong / Jurassic park. The Island itself is surrounded by cliffs and very imposing.

The walk up from the boat is long and very hill. I would recommend good sturdy foot wear (this is from someone who can walk all day in a pair of Fred Perry plimsolls, they just wouldn't cut it here). If you choose flip flips then there is no point you even attempting to reach the top where the pub / shop / start of Lundy is.

When you reach the top, you have the shop/s, and pub / restaurant and various old buildings. Walk from there in any direction and you'll be greeted by epic sea views.

Soon as you've walked for five minutes from the main settlement area you feel alone. It really is a secluded place. The only vehicles are the Lundy owned range rovers that ferry the supplies around.


Virtually the whole perimeter of Lundy is unguarded cliff drops so be careful.

There is various wildlife on the Island, from Puffins, to Seals, to Lundy Lamb and Horses.

A definite 'to do' is visit the lighthouse and climb to the top. It gets hot as the top is completely encased in glass, but the views are nothing short of spectacular.

To catch the boat back, you will not have enough time to explore the whole Island. If you walk at a fair pace you can probably reach the half way point and still get back in time for the boats departure.

A one day taster here is likely to leave you wanting to return for a longer explore.

Please see attached images.

Visited July 2012
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Ely, United Kingdom
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“Lundy New Year”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Camped in July and returned for New Year R&R. Stayed in The Quarters as no camping this time of year, but to be frank, being under canvass ANYWHERE in winter should be left to those launching a summit attempt on Everest. I am a passionate fan of islands and Lundy didn't disappoint. For a small island, it is a mass of contrasts. On the west side, the wild Atlantic crashes into the sinister jagged rocks that have claimed many an unsuspecting vessels over the past 200 years. A walk on the west side will deliver two major treats. Depending on the time of year, Jennie's Cove (just beyond the halfway wall) is a haven for seabirds, including the hilariously comical puffins, waddling along cliff ledges. At the extreme north of the island, walk down to the north lighthouse and marvel at the expanse of ocean. If you are fit enough, walk down the steps to a concrete landing area and you will hopefully find yourself surrounded by curious playful seals (who have a habit of ducking under the waves as you point your camera). The east, by contrast, is serene and peaceful. The cliffside path is a little tricky under foot but well worth the effort. Other than Tibbett's "way up north" all accomodation and services are in the south of the island and the pub and shop are easily accessible from all properties and the camp site. The staff are superb. Special mention to the ever-smiling and helpful Shelley in Reception, who I would gladly leave my wife for and Nigel the Shopkeeper, whose razor wit can cut a man in half. For those who like a bit of fun, tell a trusting day tripper that it is fine to make mobile calls in the pub and that the "mobiles banned" notice is just a joke. Wait until they make a call and then alert the head barman. Laugh yourself silly while he throws the poor sap out. Accommodation excellent. The Quarters has a wonderful wood burner. Camping is a bit primitive and the field has a pretty hefty slope so don't make the mistake we made and pitch your tent with the opening facing uphill. After a heavy downpour one night, we woke up floating on a foot of water. Wonderful place. Please go and check it out.

Visited December 2012
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Oxfordshire, England
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119 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful place at any time of year”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The fantastic scenery, clean air and peace cannot be beaten. Add in a great pub and helpful, friendly staff and it's no wonder we return again and again.

Visited December 2012
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