Area & Heritage: Places Of Natural Beauty
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide.
The name Lundy is an adaptation of the old Norse for "Puffin Island" and it is the puffin which is Lundy's most famous resident. Lundy is a magnet for Puffin watchers, and a haven for bird-fanciers of any description. Dotterels, warblers, and firecrests are just some varieties of birds found here. Thirty-five bird species breed here each year, and over 280 unique species have been seen on the island.
The rocky pools along the coast of Lundy are blessed with a wide variety of sea life, such as aneminoies, crabs, and corals. Visitors can book snorkeling sessions in company with the warden of Lundy to view the marine life close at hand.
The island is now owned by the National Trust, but not long ago Lundy was a "kingdom". Eccentric Martin Harman proclaimed himself King of Lundy, and issued his own currency and postage stamps, which are now collectibles.
Regular ferries run to Lundy from Ilfracombe and Bideford in North Devon. The waters around Lundy are Britain's only Marine Nature Reserve.
In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.