Lundy Letterboxes

Pete has already mentioned that one day of our Lundy rock climbing adventure was washed out. Not bad really for British summer weather, just one day in eight being wet. That day, whilst in the shop buying supplies for our evening meal, Pete spotted a Lundy Letterboxing clue pack. It was just £4.99. A bargain way to turn a wet day getting bored and festering in the hut into an outdoor, all-weather, adventure…

There are 27 clues/letterboxes hidden on the island, plus a roving Lundy Bunny, a clue on the MS Oldenburg, and a bonus clue whose description is hidden with one of the other regular letterboxes. Each letterbox contains a log book to record your visit in, and a unique rubber stamp to collect an impression of.

The hardest of the letterboxes was probably the one hidden on top of Rat Island. This was because it is only accessible at low water and required some exciting scrambling up slippy rain soaked rock – not for kids in the wether we had! The trickiest to find was at the Earthquake. This was because it was so well hidden, not having any tell tale erosion on the path leading the letterbox hunter directly to it, or being given away by being buried under an almost cairn like pile of stones that are supposed to be hiding it.

Wet weather equals Lundy letterbox hunting...
Wet weather equals Lundy letterbox hunting...

We found 20 of the letterboxes on our wet day. That was enough to put the finish line within sight, and so the remaining ones were ticked off between rock climbs over the next two days to make a clean sweep. It did, very slightly, dictate where we climbed on those two days to enable both activities on the same day, but what an ace adventure! We certainly got to see far more (all) of the island than just climbing would have allowed. 😀

We were only the 11th team this year to find all the letterboxes. 😛 When I collected our completion certificate we were told we’d be listed in the next book recording the history of Lundy letterboxing. Especially because we found two Lundy Bunnies. Last year a completing team reported that they’d failed to find the bunny (despite two circuits of the clues!), so a new bunny stamp was put out in the wild. It looks like that was an error and the first bunny was just hiding too well. 😉

Finishing off the last few letterboxes in between climbs!
Finishing off the last few letterboxes in between climbs!

Here are all of the Lundy stamps. It doesn’t give anything away to the prospective hunter as at the end-of-the-day knowing what a stamp looks like doesn’t help finding the location of each one and getting it’s impression any easier! 😉