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England’s very own Galapagos
t may seem a little extreme to travel to one of the most inaccessible spots on the British Isles for a pint. But then Lundy Island isn’t just any island and Marisco Tavern isn’t your average pub.
Located 11 miles off the north Devon coast, Lundy Island is three and a half miles of car-free granite wilderness. It can be reached by helicopter or MS Oldenburg, Lundy's own ship, but if a gale’s blowing you can forget about it.
Nicknamed England’s Galapagos due its diverse flora and fauna, Lundy Island is ideal for a day’s exploring. Look out for spotted orchids and the Lundy cabbage which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
And in the summer months, animal-lovers can watch grey seals swimming in the surrounding waters and seabirds breeding on the west coast cliffs. As you wander around, you’ll also meet the island’s Sika deer, Soay sheep and Lundy ponies.
As well as the abundant natural beauty, there’s the Victorian church of St Helena and the highest Lighthouse in Britain to admire. And don’t worry if you get lost, you’re supposed to - Lundyites don’t like signs as it spoils the fun.
As long as you can make out the warm glow of Marisco’s, arguably England’s most isolated pub, things will work out fine. A pint of St Austell’s Lundy Experience enjoyed within its four shipwreck-adorned walls is the perfect end to your day.
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