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Lundy Island

If you have the time don’t miss the Ultimate escape from the mainland with a day trip to Lundy Island, a granite outcrop midway between England and Wales, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide and with only 20 full time residents.

Peaceful, unspoilt and free of car. the island has 8 miles of wild wild coastline to explore, and maroon yourself for the day amongst prolific wildlife including Seals, puffins, razorbills and guillemots. If you are lucky you may spot the huge shadowy shapes of Basking Sharks - so large they can be spotted from the cliffs! Whilst on land Lundy Ponies, Soay Sheep, Sika Deer graze above towering 400 foot cliffs.

The views from the cliff top walks let you see the whole route of your journey from Somerset to Cornwall in one sweeping vista. Back on the island visit the ruins of Henry III Marisco Castle built over 800 years ago, the old lighthouse, St Helena’s Church, various ancient standing stones and finish it off with some food at one of the UK’s most isolated inns at The Marisco Tavern. Sailings from Bideford and Illfracombe daily take around 2 hours each way on spectacular runs over the 10 miles of sea.

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