Explorations from Devon to Lundy

The granite island of Lundy can be clearly seen from Hartland Point.  The island lies 12 miles (19 km) off the coast of North Devon in England. It lies one third of the way across the Bristol Channel towards Wales. The island is 3 miles (5 km) long and 1 mile (1.6 km) wide. The highest point is 142 metres (466 ft) above sea level.

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To approach Lundy I sailed from seaside town of Ilfracombe.

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We boarded the MS Oldenburg at Ilfracombe bound for Lundy.

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Depending upon the tides, the confluence of waters swirling around Lundy can create an unusual rocking motion.  I found this quite disturbing and was sea sick. At the time of my visit there was no landing stage on Lunday.  We were taken ashore in an old DUWK from the Second World War.  I gather a landing stage has since been built.

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From the beach there is a track which leads onto the plateau.

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Lundy is famous for its puffins. The name Lundy is believed to come from the old Norse word for “puffin island”

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Then the trip came to an end with a return to Ilfracombe.

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The Lundy ferry Oldenburgsails into Ilfracombe harbour harbour, north Devon, past inflatable Thundercat powerboats waiting to begin an offshore race.

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