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Discover | Lundy

From my viewpoint I watched seabirds skim the water below and through binoculars, examined the water for other signs of marine life. On the rocks I could just make out the mottled grey of an adult seal, then another, basking alongside in the heat of the sun.

I set out again and ahead I could see artists sketching the coast - and where better to take in the breathtaking views than Lundy, with the Bristol Channel to one side and the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean to the other.

Down over a stone path and alongside an area of water. Perched on the cliff above, a solitary Heron surveyed the inky blackness below.

What becomes evident on Lundy is its starkness. A big open sky and no dramatic changes in the fabric of the landscape to take you eye from your ability to see so far in to the distance.

Ahead, I noticed the elusive Sika Deer, which were introduced to Lundy in 1927 and soon after, feral goats. Similar in appearance from a distance, their unkempt drab brown coats designed to keep out the harshest of weather conditions, which prevail here in the winter months.

Buildings here are few and the only vehicles on the island are the necessity of a four-wheel drive fire engine and a couple of Land Rovers. Beyond this, where man has made his mark are with the many drystone walls which divide up sections of the island with natural stone, skilfully laboured into position to keep livestock secure, whilst complimenting and not detracting from the islands rugged beauty.

Climb the steps and take in the view from Britain's tallest lighthouse, walk the perimeter of the island before exploring it's core. Ornithologists have the perfect location to study seabirds nesting on the cliffs as 140 bird species visit Lundy each year. However the Puffin, from which Lundy takes its name (Lund-ey meaning Puffin island in Norse) remained elusive.

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