Lundy Island what a magical place you must all try to visit.Please click on a few of these pictures to be able to appreciate the scenery.
Above as we are pulling away from Ilfracombe pier at the start of our journey to the lovely island of Lundy 11 miles off the North Devon Coast, although the nearest viable harbours are Bideford and Ilfracombe , they are both about a 24 mile sea journey, the island is 3 miles long and a half a mile wide, this trip takes around two hours. The vessel the MV Oldenburg which makes this trip 2-3 times a week in the season is owned by the Landmark trust who of course also own Lundy isle. This beautiful Island looms 400 ft above sea level and is home to a lot of rare birds, plants etc including the Puffin the last place in Britain to support a few breeding pairs.The steep uphill climb made me puff and grunt a bit but we eventually climbed the man made path (with more than a bit of oxygen and a fair few stops). Mind you within yards of reaching the top your welcomed by the very pleasant friendly pub the Marisco Tavern!!! (welcome it is too).Unbeknown to me at the time was the fact that, had I mentioned that I'm disabled when on board the boat, I could have travelled up by land rover (A few choice curses were made when we discovered that). Below the rocky mouth of the Ilfracombe pier and harbour entrance as we head out to sea. (note the chapel on the top of the hill).
Ilfracombe town just after clearing the harbour as we're about to follow the coast.
Just along the shoreline from Ilfracombe. You can see the coastal footpath as it meanders along in a few pictures.
Following the coast along just about at Lee bay.
Bull Point light house (Morthoe) just before the vessel turns directly out to sea for the island.
The first real sight of the landing jetty and extreme relief for Sue who braved the sea crossing well considering she's not a great sailor.(note one of the islands light houses)
Below the start of the steep road up (about 400 ft above sea level).You can also see the ruins of a disused castle.
The "Oldenburg" as we were docking on Lundy.
This is the landing jetty on Lundy when we arrived.On our next trip home I will blog on our time on the Island.