Lundy Island

St Helena's, Lundy

Lundy Island is a small island, three miles long and half a mile wide, situated in the mouth of the Bristol Channel. It has had a turbulent history: it has been used as a pirate's lair, for smuggling and plotting treason. In 1834, the island was bought by William Hudson Heaven and it became more civilised, so much so it was often referred to as "The Kingdom of Heaven".

This piece of granite that rises to a plateau four hundred feet above sea level was bought by The National Trust in 1969 and is administered by The Landmark Trust. You can go for a day trip or stay in one of the tastefully furnished properties which include the Castle, the Old Light, a manor house or the remote Tibbetts. It really is a magical place (ask anyone who has been!) - when the sun shines on the clear blue ocean and illuminates the bright pink rhododendron bushes, you'll think you're in paradise. I might be a a bit biased because I once lived and worked here and I've written a book, The Lundy Companion about the place.

For more information, you can email the island, visit their website or look at Chris Poole's gallery of photographs taken on a holiday that I recently organised.

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