Lundy Island wildlife walk

Walking trail

Prepare for a ramble around this alluring granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel, taking in seals and the iconic puffin. Don't forget to pack some binoculars for a spot of wildlife watching; you can add any interesting sightings to the wildlife logbook in the Marisco Tavern. Please note that Lundy is only open to day visitors from April to October. Lundy is financed, administered and maintained by the Landmark Trust.

Early memorial stones beneath the Old Lighthouse touched by the rays of the dawn sun


Route map for the Lundy Island wildlife walk


Marisco Tavern, grid ref: SS140440


From outside the Marisco Tavern, head east through the kissing gate, along the footpath and through a second gate towards Millcombe House. As you reach the house take a sharp left up the hill towards the upper footpath, heading along the eastern part of the island.

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This stretch of the walk commands some spectacular views and is slightly undulating, with an old stone wall to your left and the scrub sloping away to the cliffs.

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By keeping along this route you'll eventually come to the ruins of Quarterwall cottages and the old quarry. If you follow the stony path past the pond you will reach the quarry timekeeper's hut; a good place for a rest and to take in the sea air. Keep on down to the flat quarry platform where the route now follows the old quarry railway north, which transported the quarried stone for collection by boats.

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Turn left up the hill, heading for the main road that dissects the island. You're now at Halfway Wall and you can wander further afield to the north of Lundy, with its one remaining house and the wilder part of the island.


Cut across westwards towards Jenny's Cove and the Devil's Chimney. It's here that you can catch a glimpse of puffins.

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Now head south along the western side of the island towards Old Light. Walk through the area known as The Earthquake, where the rock opened up into great chasms in 1755, at the same time as the Lisbon earthquake. Once you reach Old Light, head back along the track and turn left back towards the tavern for some well-earned refreshments.

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Marisco Tavern, grid ref: SS140440

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Lundy Island wildlife walk


Circular walk along undulating footpaths and tracks. Part of the route along the old quarry railway is level. A free Lundy map is available from either the shore office, on the ferry or on the island.

Lundy Island wildlife walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01271 863636
Lundy Island wildlife walk

How to get here

Lundy, Bristol Channel, North Devon EX39 2LY
By train

Barnstable, 8.5 miles (13.7km) from Bideford, 12 miles (19.3km) from Ilfracombe.

By road

Ferry booking office in Bideford or Ilfracombe. For sat navs use EX34 9EQ for Ilfracombe booking office and EX39 2EY for Bideford booking office.

By ferry

MS Oldenburg, April to October, from Bideford or Ilfracombe according to tides, up to 4 days a week; see the Lundy Island website.

By bus

First 3, Barnstaple to Ilfracombe; First 1, 2, Barnstaple to Bideford.

By bicycle

Sustrans National Cycle Network 31 (Bideford).

Lundy Island wildlife walk

Facilities and access

  • Pub with facilities