For spring flowers and Cornish coast all wrapped up in one package, this is a complete gem of a walk.
Most people reach Lundy Bay as part of longer walks along this popular stunning stretch of coast path. For those in on the secret, you can do an easy short 30 min walk to Lundy Hole and the Bay that packs a lot in – just add your picnic and a flask for the perfect lunch stop off.
Park at the Lundy Bay National Trust car park on the B3314 and the sign-posted walk on National Trust land starts across the road from the car park.
The mile or so walk takes you along a meandering flat path with hedgerows on both sides. Suddenly you turn a corner and find yourself in a completely unexpected small sheltered green wooded valley. We saw it in spring full of primroses, wild flowers, garlic and thyme so definitely picked the right season to see it at it’s best.
The walk continues onto Lundy Hole, also known as Pigeon Hole. This is Cornwall, so obviously there is a Cornish legend to tell about it. As the legend goes, Lundy hole was made by the Devil, who arrived when St Minver was combing her hair on a nearby rock. She threw her comb at him with such force that he fled to the top of Lundy beach and dug the hole to escape back to hell.
Legends aside, Lundy Hole was formed by a collapsed sea cave, leaving a crater with a rock arch. Even on a calm day you can hear the waves crashing around the cave with force from the vantage point of the wall at the top.
Part of the magic of this little walk is that the coastline is completely hidden along the path and you don’t really know what you will find at the end until you pass Lundy hole and get your first proper view of Lundy beach further along through a gap.
Lundy beach itself is a sandy beach at low tide which is actually a lot bigger then it appears but from the coast path you get great views along the coast of Lobb’s rock.
There are wooden steps giving access to explore the large rocky boulders at the entrance onto the beach where you can be amazed at the power of the winter seas that created them, and can find samphire growing above the tide line. Depending on the tide, you can explore Lundy beach or continue further up and round Pennywilgie point to Epphaven Cove which is one of those lovely sheltered Cornish coves that makes you think you are very lucky to have found it.
Return the way you came back to the car park and before you leave the area, stop off at the Porteath bee centre for some honey – yum!