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Steep Holm Island, Bristol

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Steep Holm is an English island lying in the Bristol Channel. The island covers at high tide, expanding to 63.26acre at mean low water. At its highest point it is above mean sea level. It lies within the historic boundaries of Somerset and administratively forms part of North Somerset. Between 1 April 1974 and 1 April 1996 it was administered as part of Avon. Nearby is Flat Holm island, part of Wales.The Carboniferous Limestone island rises to about and serves as a wind and wave break, sheltering the upper reaches of the Bristol Channel. The island is now uninhabited, with the exception of the wardens. It is protected as a nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest with a large bird population and plants including wild peonies. There was a signal station or watchtower on the island in Roman times, but there may have been human habitation as early as the Iron Age. In the 6th century it was home to St Gildas and to a small Augustinian priory in the 12th and 13th centuries. An inn was built in 1832 and used for holidays in the 19th century. A bird sanctuary was established in 1931 and since 1951 has been leased to charitable trusts. It is now owned by the Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust.
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  • Steep Holm is only o0en for around 12 days per year, you get to it by taking a boat from Weston Supar Mare but you have to land on the island at high tide and you can only leave at high tide. Let me g...  more »
  • The best part of this trip was the boat ride over,which only took ten minutes from Weston super mare,you are stuck on the island for over ten hours .Don't go in the mating season , which is June to en...  more »
  • Have been wanting to visit Steep Holm for many years and at last we made it A truly wonderful place ,the wildlife and history fascinating ,and excellent information boards at the visitors centre house...  more »

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