Lundy Island

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I am thinking of calling in there this week. Will pick up a Pilot book tomorrow, but any advice would be appreciated.

We draw 2.1m and would like to stay there overnight.

Forecast is for Easterley 3-4 perhpas occasional 5.

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Anchorage at landing beach not good in easterly,
Don’t use visitors buoy’s was there last weekend and they don’t look in serviceable condition.
 

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Thanks.

I see there is an anchorage on the western side. Perhpas this would be good in an easterly? Can you get ashore there?
 

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Thanks.

I see there is an anchorage on the western side. Perhpas this would be good in an easterly? Can you get ashore there?

I have never anchored on west side I know the anchorage is there but have not got to lundy in an easterly ! I have only seen one quote of anybody getting a shore on that side just said it was a hard climb, not sure what sort of a climb!

I was told Of the climb from the east side "you climb till you think your dieing.... then your halfway"

Lundy well worth a visit though the old lighthouse has a great resting place at the top ! We are hoping to have another visit this year.Swimbo Dad got a bottle of Lundys whisky and ginger mix (strictly for the label you understand) didnt seem to last long though !!

Edit: perhaps I should say we didnt have much propblem with the hill climb!
 
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The anchorage on the western side is called Jenny's Cove, I've not used it myself so can't comment on the holding, but have walked down the path to the bay. It's not a climb, but is fairly steep. Anyone who's reasonably fit shouldn't have a problem, and the beer in the pub will be all the better for the walk!

Jenny's Cove should be well sheltered in an Easterly.

Second the comment about the mooring buoys, one I picked had only 1.5 strands of the octoplait (8 strand) rope remaining where it left the metal frame. And even after I covered the frame with pipe lagging it still kept us awake banging on the hull!
 

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The anchorage on the western side is called Jenny's Cove, I've not used it myself so can't comment on the holding, but have walked down the path to the bay. It's not a climb, but is fairly steep. Anyone who's reasonably fit shouldn't have a problem, and the beer in the pub will be all the better for the walk!

Jenny's Cove should be well sheltered in an Easterly.

Second the comment about the mooring buoys, one I picked had only 1.5 strands of the octoplait (8 strand) rope remaining where it left the metal frame. And even after I covered the frame with pipe lagging it still kept us awake banging on the hull!
Thanks for that ! Its nice to know

the Buoy took chips out of our bridge deck !
 

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Last year there was a large buoy further out than the ones with damaged ropes. The strops on the large buoy are so big you may need some rope added to put it on your cleat.
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I spoke today to the warden. She said the mooring buoys are all private. You can use them, but they my or may not be strong enough. Not for me thanks!

Looks like we may have to head straight for Milford Haven.
 

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I think it is OK being attached to a mooring buoy in a force 3, maybe 4, on the east side of Lundy. We've done it. It's a bit bumpy and I wouldn't want to go ashore. You're likely to get a mooring buoy in those conditions as no-one else will want to be there.

I moored up at Lundy last weekend. There was one of those fairly substantial orange mooring buoys with a metal hoop out the top of it (they seem to often be used as visitor's buoys - I do accept that there are no visitors' buoys on Lundy though). It was attached to a yacht. I chugged around in the dark while getting the chain out ready to anchor and I had to rush back to the autohelm as we nearly ran over the most massive mooring buoy. It's the one Alan was referring to. I think the depth there is about 8m (below datum), but that's an estimate. There was a really substantial rope on it. It is well stout.

I'm not totally convinced I'd want to be on Lundy at the moment. I think that when they have a dry spell it is a place to avoid: do not drink the water! Having said that Lundy is a totally amazingly beautiful island. The west coast is really spectacular. The top of the island is really beautiful too.

I understand that the Oldenberg (sp??) sometimes moors on the west side (in easterlies). The passengers then climb the secret way to the top of the island. I think the climb is probably a scramble, but I think you'd want to know where it was (and I don't).

Look out for the dolphins. I had a dolphin escort into and out of Lundy last weekend. There's a blog entry on my blog.
 
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I have anchored in Jenny's Cove in a strong easterly and as I recollect the water is pretty deep until uncomfortably close in. When I was there the wind shifted 180 degrees in the early hours and it was not easy getting out from anchor being so close in and being on my own. OK if plenty of chain/warp.
 
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I'm planning on going there wed / thurs on the way to Padstow, and the land foirecasts are for 6 / 8 knots easterly. Probably 10 / 12 kn round Lundy

So the question is, anchor / pick up a buoy to the south or Jenny's cove or go round Bull point and anchor in Mort bay off woolacombe beach?

Cant use Ilfracombe - a 1.8 draught leaves me literally at the harbour entrance unless I dry against the wall which I'm reluctant to do.
 
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Really enjoyed reading your Blog, zlod. It's nice to read other people's experiences in our cruising grounds. I'd like to link mine to yours, and vice versa, if your're ok with that? Just a link so people can find similar topics?

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