Lundy Island and Marine Nature Reserve
Spend a day on the natural & historic Landmark Trust island of Lundy, 3 miles long, ½ mile wide, 12 miles off the North Devon coast serviced by the Lundy passenger & supply ship MS Oldenburg, a classic 300 ton vessel with space for 267 passengers.
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.
A day trip to Lundy Island is also a cruise, a chance to enjoy the beautiful North Devon coast. Lundy's own ship the MS Oldenburg, is a sizeable vessel, carrying 267 passengers, and providing bar, buffet, shop and information centre. Fascinating island guides and leaflets are available to help you.
A unique and unspoilt island, undisturbed by cars, and home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery: deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and rare birds. There is a small village with an Inn and Victorian church, and nearby the 13th Century Marisco Castle.
People return time and again to the simple pleasures that Lundy affords; the sea is clear, the landscape spectacular and at night, without competition from street lights, it is truly dark and the stars shine with an unfamiliar brilliance.
18 km from the mainland, Lundy’s wildlife extends from land to sea. The central plateau supports dry heath that is rich in lichens, including the rare golden hair lichen. There are also areas of herb-rich acidic grassland. An important staging post for migrating birds, large numbers also nest on the cliffs, including razorbills and guillemots. Where cliff grassland has developed, puffins (Lundy is Norse for ‘Puffin Island’) and Manx shearwaters nest in burrows. There is also a breeding colony of grey seals. Of particular interest near the landing beach is the Lundy cabbage, a plant found only on this island. The seas around Lundy have been designated England’s first Marine Nature Reserve and there are opportunities for diving. The diverse marine community includes several warm water species at the northern limit of their range.
Where: SS 135 460
When: Open 1 April - 31 October. Not good for diving over winter as seas make visibility poor and boat crossings unreliable. However from April onwards (poss. March depending on weather) diving is good through to around October. Diving conditions will be dependent on recent rainfall as the area is subject to the knock on effects from the River Severn discharge.
Facilities: Admission Charge, Information Boards, Resfreshments, Shop, Toilets, Visitor Centre, Watersports.