Back in 1965 sisters Babs and Evelyn Atkins dreamed of owning their own island and had the determination to achieve that dream. The island in question lies about one mile off the south Cornwall coast near Looe – it is of outstanding natural beauty, of 22.5 acres in area and one mile in circumfrence. The highest point is 150 feet above sea level.
The island has magnificent sea and coastal viewsstretching from Prawle Point in Devon to the Lizard Peninsula. With frost and snow virtually unknown it has an exceptionally mild climate. Daffodils bloom at Christmas and, unlike most small islands, it is partly wooded. A natural sanctuary for sea and woodland birds and one time haunt to smugglers, its known history includes a Benedictine chapel built in 1139 of which only a few stones remain visible. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimethea landed here with the child Christ.
The island is normally only accessible by boat but on just one or two days a year there is usually a tide low enough for the journey to be made by foot across the rocky sea floor – you need expert help to make the journey by the shortest and easiest route and there’s no time to linger before the tide rushes in again.