Lundy Island Long Weekend
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Explore an unspoilt island, home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery on this 3 night event.
Lundy Island is just under 2 hours by ferry crossing from Ilfracombe, North Devon. The island has a small village with an inn, Victorian church and the 13th-century Marisco Castle. There’s also a disused Georgian lighthouse to discover, offering superb views over the northern part of the island. And for nature-lovers there are a variety of seabirds and wildlife.
We will stay for three nights at The Barn which is now a hostel at the centre of Lundy life. The dormitory rooms are lined with varnished wood and its large sitting-room has an open fire. One of the island’s best views can be seen from the sleeping gallery.
In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain. Lundy Bay has a beautiful sandy beach at low tide and there are plenty of rock pools to explore...
Join me on this adventure for the simple pleasures that Lundy affords; the sea is clear, the landscape spectacular, and at night, without competition from street lights, it is truly dark and the stars shine with unfamiliar brilliance.
Transport to the Island will require a ferry trip on the MS Oldenburg, Lundy's own ship, or transport by helicopter is possible as is sometimes used in case of bad weather at sea. The ferry will cost £89 return and this should be booked in advance as it is not included in the event fee.
Ferry bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance to reserve your travel. Please see: https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland/day-trips/bookings/ for more information. To book: Call on 01271 863636 quoting booking reference OPP1382207 and mention Liam who made the booking.
The leader will be staying in Ilfracombe on the Friday night at the Ocean Backpackers hostel if you wish to arrive early and/or meet up. https://oceanbackpackers.co.uk and free street parking can be found if you hunt around a bit.
Kind permission of Wikimedia Commons: The Jetty, Lundy by MichaelMaggs
Copyright, The Land Mark Trust
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Saturday night: we ask that everyone brings a contribution to a buffet - not too much, just enought to share between 2-3 people. Sweet or savoury, home made or shop bought.
Sunday breakfast: included in event cost.
Sunday Dinner: included in event cost.
Monday breakfast: included in event cost.
You will need your own packed lunches.
Drinks: tea & coffee included in the event cost; please bring any other drinks you'd like for the weekend.
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