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“Great for naturalists (and perhaps even naturists too)”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lundy Island

Lundy Island
Ranked #4 of 35 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great for naturalists (and perhaps even naturists too)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

We've visited by boat and by helicopter, and the latter is preferable. The helicopter flight is about 7 minutes. If you go by boat be prepared to feel sick even on the calmest of seas, so if you are a sufferer, take some sea-sick pills. However, the island is well worth a visit. It is possible, if you're a fit walker, to walk from one end to the other, but even if you're not, once you mastered the walk up from the jetty, most of the island is relatively flat. There is a pub with good food, and a few souvenir / confectionery / food shops (well, one actually), a small museum and houses to rent for short stays. We have done that off-season and had a great time.There's lots of bird life, and it is on migration routes so you sometimes get rare visitors. There are also goats and seals.

Visited March 2013
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

You have to be fairly good on your feet...but it's a beautiful place. Puts me very much in mind of Lihou island off Guernsey.
There is such an abundance of wildlife and flora and the history of wrecks is something to be curious about...So many!!!?
Also the marine life around its coast. All I can say is GO!

Visited July 2013
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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“A unique island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a very special place. If you can stay a couple of nights in a Landmark property you will enjoy real peace and quiet. The only drawback for the non-sailors is the boat trip can be lively but there is a more expensive helicopter option from Hartland Point.
Look at the website for what is to be seen at different times of the year.

Visited June 2013
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United Kingdom
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“I'll be back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

I grew up in North Devon and used to see Lundy every day until I moved away about 10 years ago, but this summer finally made the trip. The island is beautiful and I loved every minute of it. Hopefully we'll get to go back next summer and stay a night or two so we can make it right to the end and see absolutely everything! We went early October but the weather was beautifully sunny and warm and it felt like Mid August. There wasn't even a light breeze. Luckily the sea was completely flat and still there and back, someone next to us on the boat said the crossing was the fastest she'd known and she'd been doing it most for 30 odd years. An amazing day and wonderful experience all round, not to be missed. Can't believe I didn't do it sooner!

Visited September 2013
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Azle, Texas
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“1 or 2 nights would be enough, lodging choices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

I came upon Lundy as a coin/stamp collector at about age 14, and its been on my bucket list since (now 69). The National Trust does a marvelous job of keeping this going for about 70 tourists with 28 staff members most of the year. You will be comfortable, it is interesting on a historical and isolation basis. There is little wildlife most of the year. The Puffins are seldom seen anymore, and then only in the summer. I wish we had spent the additional days on the wider historical and hiking menu of Wessex.
Depending on the beds required, try to limit yourself to Old House, Radio Room, or Government House. St. Johns would also be ok. We stayed in Bramble Villa East, an ok location with a matchless view of the Bristol Channel. It gets very dark there, and the trails are irregular everywhere. Don't think about Tibbetts or The Castle, which are too far from the Pub.

Visited September 2013
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