and The Duke of Windsor with Mrs Simpson. The island was completely cut off in World War 2 because there was a the Germans would use the causeway to attack the mainland. The ruin on top of the hill, which can be walked up to, was once a chapel and later became a hewer's hut. A man was employed to raise a hue and cry to alert local fishermen when a shoal of fish was spotted. In the 1880s it was said that 12 million fish could be caught in a day but they suddenly stopped coming. Who can blame them? If you fancy a drink try The Pilchard Inn which dates from 1336 and is said to be haunted by a smuggler shot dead on the island.
Photos: The boats house at Bantham; the sea tractor to Burgh Island