Visiting Lundy Island when Staying in North Devon

VIsiting Lundy

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Simon Willis

Simon Willis

Visting Lundy Island

Have you ever sat on Croyde beach watching the sunset over the sea with Lundy Island in the distance? Maybe thought about making the trip over?

Lundy Island is just off the North Devon coast where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel, making Croyde one of the closest mainland locations.

Famous for it’s beauty and bird life, the three-mile long island really is a special place to visit. Just around the corner from us in Croyde is Ilfracombe, where you can take the ferry across to Lundy.

Some facts about Lundy from the BBC

It got its current name from the Vikings in the 9th Century, who called it Lund-ey, meaning Puffin Island.

The island was sold in 1954 for £150,000 to the Landmark Trust and is kept as a “tranquil and unaffected place”.

The island has been inhabited for 3,000 years with traces of Bronze and Iron Age settlements.

Lundy Island Wildlife

Nicholas Kampouris - Puffin on cliff top

Considering Lundy is the UK’s first marine conservation zone, set up in 2010, and that there was a campaign to increase the native sea bird population, which saw numbers treble since the early 2000’s, Lundy Island really is a perfect place for wildlife lovers. On the island you can find;

Puffins – the most famous Lundy resident, nesting from April – July 

Grey Seals – approximately 180 live off the rocks and surrounding ocean

Basking Sharks – seen during the summer months 

Dolphins – even seen from the beach at Croyde and off Baggy Point, dolphins are often spotted in the warmer months around Lundy

Other birds such as Manx shearwater, Gulls and Fulmars

Image from Markus Horsch

Travelling to Lundy

The MS Oldenburg takes visitors to Lundy from Ilfracombe (as well as Bideford) from the end of March until the end of October. The boat trip takes around two hours and runs around four times per week. There is also a helicopter service from Hartland.

View the sailing timetable 

Fares According to the Landmark Trust who manage Lundy Island;

Period Returns 2019 – Adults £70, Children £36 (4-15), Infants £15 under 4’s                                                                                                  

Helicopter Tickets – Adults £125, Children £67 (2-15), Infants £16 Under 2’s

Day Returns 2019 – Adults £40, Child (under 16 yrs) £21, Infant (under 4 yrs) Free of charge, Family Ticket – 2 adults and 2 children £90

Discounts are available for Senior Citizens, Students, National Trust members, Groups, Schools and Coaches, on day return tickets only.

Croyde Bay Resort is the perfect location for staying in North Devon when day-tripping to Lundy or using North Devon as base to get to Lundy for a couple of nights.

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