A medieval Castle, Lighthouse, Manor House and Cottages on this nature reserve island
Lundy (‘Puffin Island’), in the approaches to the Bristol Channel, is three miles long and rises over 400 feet out of the sea, commanding a tremendous view of England, Wales and the Atlantic. It has tall cliffs towards the south and west, with grass and heather on top, and steep side lands with trees, shrubs and bracken in small hanging valleys, rich in wildflowers, on the East coast facing the mainland.
There are three lighthouses (two in use), a castle, a church, an active farm, a pub, several handsome houses and cottages, and a population of about 18. Most of the buildings and all the field walls are made of the island’s beautiful light-coloured granite.
When Lundy was taken on by the National Trust in 1969 (thanks mainly to the generosity of Sir Jack Hayward), The Landmark Trust undertook to restore and run the island. The formidable task of tidying up and restoring the buildings and services for both visitors and residents took them over 20 years. Much of this work remains invisible, but without it, ordinary people would soon have been unable to live on or visit the island.
Via Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom