Exploring remote and rarely visited Britain Exploring remote and rarely visited Britain

Exploring remote and rarely visited Britain
By Chris Orange

"If you’re considering an adventure this summer, then let me encourage you to get out to one of the 942 Islands that surround us in Britain as you won’t be disappointed.”

Chris Orange, professional photographer.

As I write this piece the weather isn’t quite as sunny as we’d all like for a British summer, but there’s always hope as it’s only June. However, I’ve just been on two trips with the Remote Britain team, one to Bardsey Island – ‘Where?’ I hear you say, and the other to Lundy Island, which is 10 miles off of the coast of North Devon – and for both trips the weather was so good I almost forgot I was in Britain!

Bardsey Island is a couple of miles off of the North Welsh coast and has attracted artists, musicians and writers for centuries with its rich history of legends, being known as the “Island of 20,000 saints” and (it claims to be) the burial site of King Arthur, smugglers and pirates.

The magic begins from the start as the boat leaves from a beautiful cove near Aberdaron, and if you’re lucky you may see Porpoise, Dolphins and plenty of incredible birds circling the Island as you approach.

This time of year there are thousands of birds migrating to Bardsey, giving plenty of opportunities to watch them as you walk around the Island – which feels like a conservation site with so much wildlife on offer. If you go on a day trip you get approximately four hours to explore before heading back on the boat, and that’s plenty of time to see most things.

However, to really soak up the tranquil nature of Bardsey you’d need to stay for a few days, and there are holiday cottages which give you that option. The Island has no electricity so don’t bother taking your phone charger!

For day trippers I recommend taking a packed lunch and a flask of tea, as the place that serves refreshments opens for just a couple of hours a day. They also have a little gift shop.

Lundy Island was simply spectacular! Our photography trip lasted several days, and so we were lucky enough to stay on the Island in a cottage that had a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. Located 10 miles off the coast of North Devon, the Island is a peaceful habitat of wildlife, lush green walks and incredible views. It’s a three mile walk from the northern tip to the southern end, where most of the 23 holiday properties are located, as well as the small village with its shop and tavern. After a 6 mile walk around the Island, the tavern was always a very homely site!

We spent a lot of time photographing the middle part of the Island, where there’s a beautiful area called Jenny’s Cove – this is the area where most of the migrating birds hatch their eggs. We watched them circling the cove, fishing and nesting in huge numbers. It was amazing!

If you’re considering an adventure this summer, then let me encourage you to get out to one of the 942 Islands that surround us in Britain as you won’t be disappointed – but make sure you take plenty of insect spray, or one the Rohan insect repellent tops, as we found them invaluable!

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