Lundy Island Walks

Walking on Lundy Island.

Please respect the wildlife

Lundy is totally open for you to walk and explore.Its advisable to try to stick with foot paths as certainly during the bird nesting season you do not want to disturb the birds that nest in the wild grasses etc.Please also do shut the gates or leave them as you found them as Lundy is farmed and I am sure the management do not want stock wandering off.

Start from the Marisco Tavern and head East though the small gate and along the footpath across the field towards Millcombe House. When you arrive at Millcombe House take a sharp left walking up the hill to get to the upper footpath. This will take you along the Eastern part of the Island. Wildlife spotting is at its best along this walk and keep a look out for the Sika deer and wild goats and the native animal the pygmy shrew. Around Millcombe house the shelter gives a great home to many of the song birds that live on Lundy such as chaffinches and the stonechat. Also a great spot for butterflies such as the Red admiral that are often seen as you walk along the footpath.

The foot paths now carries onward keeping the old stone wall on your left hand side and wild sloping ground on your right sloping down to the sea. Always keep an eye on the Sea as often during this walk in the distance you may see basking sharks and seals. Even the occasional Orca whales have been spotted

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Keep walking along this path until you arrive at the Quaterwall cottages and the unused quarry. Follow the stony path and along past the pond and eventually you will come to the quarry time keepers hut. Fantastic place to sit with a picnic and absorb the atmosphere of this beautiful Island. Walk now downwards until you reach the plat form of the quarry. Now you can follow the wider path that was used as the quarry railway line and travels North in direction

Now tern left up the hill heading toward the top of Lundy and you will arrive at the halfway wall. From here you can carry on further North or follow the main track back along the top of the Island towards the village. Alternatively walk across towards the western side of the Island towards Jennys cove and Devils Chimneys.

Depending on how much time you have its worth allowing yourself enough time to explore the old light house on the very top of the Island. Be prepared to use up some of your remaining energy and climb to the very top of the light house. The views from here are 360 degrees and are simply stunning. From the light house its an easy walk back towards the Marisco for another well earned drink.

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Westerly side of the Island above Jennys Cove with the spectacular walking along the Island paths.

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In Easterly windows the long steep climb up the rocky face is the only way to step onto Lundy. Certainly not for the faint hearted and a reason why we seldom run trips when the Easterly blows.

 

Devils Slide famous for its climbing and said to be the one of the best single faces for climbers in Europe.

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Long Roost. Heading North up the coastline of Lundy showing the rugged cliffs swept by the Atlantic winds.

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Jennys Cove on the Westerly side. A long hard walk over boulders to reach the top of the cliffs is the only way to land on Lundy in Easterly winds.

Puffins 2014. Hopefully are best year ever and are already building their nest on the Westerly side of Lundy Island.

Each year we have many of our visitors who come to Lundy with us asking about the Puffins. Many bring cameras with them hoping to get some shots of this fantastic little bird that simply captures everyone’s imagination. The Puffins generally arrive in early May for breeding on the Island and leave around the end of August. The rest of their life is spent at sea floating on the Ocean waves. This winter has been exceptional hard for them with the terrible weather and storms.

Puffins are very timid birds and when first arriving are very weary of landing on steady ground. As time goes on they become a little braver and take up residence for their summer stay and nesting. The Puffin population in the past became virtually wiped out by rats eating the eggs and killing the chicks. Due to the hard work by the Lundy staff and the Lundy warden the rats have been eradicated and the Puffins are on the increase. This year 2014 the count in numbers have been over 50 and increasing. The Puffins are already nesting on the western side of the Island. Last year our visitors on Lundy Castaway managed on numerous occasions to get some superb photos from the eastern side of Lundy as the season moved on. We are hoping this might be our best year with the Puffins and we are in contact with the Lundy Warden on a continuous basis with updates.

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Contact us on 01598740198  or Mail: boattripstolundy@gmail.com  or if we are at sea our mobile number is 07970474273.