Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Day On Flatholm Island

At the weekend  we had a special day out to Flat Holm Island.
I did some holiday cover for someone recently and worked about 55-60 hours two weeks in a row so I decided to treat us with some of my overtime money.
Flat Holm Island is in the Bristol Channel and we got to it by ferry. It is uninhabited except for wardens or campers and has a very interesting history and is a haven for wildlife. It is not very big but we had a lovely day.
On arrival we went to the meeting house and had a short talk about the island. We were then free to explore the island and have a guided tour if we wished. Unfortunately we lost track of the time and missed the talk but we did buy a very interesting detailed island pack which had stacks of info in particularly about the history of the island.
We walked around the island several times, there were lots of seagulls and rabbits as well. There were supposed to be sheep too but they must have been hiding from us tourists!!
The island was heavily fortified during WW2 and there is a lot of evidence of that still on the island today.
There is a mini pub also! We had a tea and coffee and bought our own packed lunch. We went for a sit on the beach and just sat, read and enjoyed the views and peacefulness. I am reading an Age Exchange book on memories of hop picking in the 30's, it is fascinating.

 I fell over on the ferry on the way back, went all my length too- how embarrassing!  We got home late evening, it was a great day, very interesting and relaxing.

Once back on the ferry we had to wait about 45 mind
For the tide to come in before we could leave. Standing at the back of the boat and watching the tide come in was incredibly relaxing :)

This was a hide with slow worm houses either side.

Warden accommodation 

Entrance to WW2 gun fort



  1. Hi Gillie, it looks like such a peaceful and relaxing place. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, I could manage living there in the warden's house, I expect the ferry brings provisions over. Hope you did not hurt yourself when you fell, not nice to fall at any time. What a lovely peaceful day you had, I love those sort of days out. Keep up the good work I love to read your blog. Take care. Love Andie xxx

    1. I had a massive bruise on my knee a couple of days later. I'm really clumsy! I once got a black eye opening the car door into my face as i was rushing and once cut my head open standing up at work and hitting my head on a tv stand! There is no hope!

  3. Beautiful photos! I also love the 1940's and frugal living. :) Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada.