8 August 1997

All aboard for Lundy Island

THERE was all the anticipation of a sea cruise the morning Cornwall FWC members arrived in Bideford, Devon, to travel to Lundy Island on board the MS Oldenburg.

The sea was very choppy throughout the two-hour journey and it was a relief to be taken by launch to dry land. On our brisk walk up the cliff path we saw the first of many beautiful wildflowers that blossom on this rocky outcrop, that measures just three miles long and half a mile wide. The island is divided by three drystone walls which contain Lundy ponies and herds of wild goats grazing alongside hardy Soay sheep, some in precarious positions above the crashing waves.

The eerie sound of a fog horn started while we were inside the Victorian church and stepping outside we found ourselves cloaked in fog. We got soaked to the skin waiting on the beach for the launch, but fortunately the sea seemed calmer or had we found our sea legs?

Jean Howells

Kath Ford (left) and Ruth Strongman take shelter aboard the MS Oldenburg en route to Lundy.