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  Going Holm!
"Holm" is derived from a Scandinavian word for an island in an estuary.
The two Holms in the Bristol Channel, Flat Holm and Steep Holm, are the only islands of significant size in the area, until you come to Lundy.
Here on Steep Holm, the trucks had to climb a 1 in 2/3 gradient, with the aid of a winch - this is now the path used by visitors, to reach the top.
www.lanternfilms.ukphotographers.com /holms1.htm   (325 words)

  
  UK: A cracking show | Nature | Activity Holidays | Travel | Telegraph
Steep Holm is a hunched green dome in the water, Flat Holm a flat wedge.
Steep Holm lacks a jetty, and prolonged high winds and seas had prevented anyone from landing on the pebbly beach.
Steep Holm is dotted with relics of its long and varied history as a Roman observation post, site of a medieval priory, smuggling centre and fortress against the Napoleonic French.
www.telegraph.co.uk /travel/main.jhtml?xml=/travel/2001/06/04/etholm02.xml   (1165 words)

  
 Bemused mumblings....Flat Holm
In the late 6th century the island of Flat Holm was known as Echni and it's earliest known visitor was St. Cadoc, one of the founders of Llancarfan Monastery near Llantwit Major.
The name Holm or Holme derives from the Scandinavian for river island and the Danes certainly used both Flat Holm and Steep Holm as navigational aids during attacks along the Severn estuary.
Although it is possible that a pharos (a brazier mounted on a wooden frame) was shown on the island either by the monks or the Danes, it was not until 1733 that a petition was made for a lighthouse - and was rejected.
dspace.dial.pipex.com /town/walk/xhm80/flatholm.htm   (1171 words)

  
 Steep Holm Island - Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust
STEEP HOLM is not just a rock in the middle of the Bristol Channel, but a haven for visitors, a site of special scientific interest, and a Nature Reserve: all with the most spectacular views in all directions - the Severn Bridges, Weston Bay, the North Somerset, Devon and Welsh coasts.
From earliest childhood, "islands" always evoke a sense of mystery and fascination and Steep Holm is no exception, having its own share of secrets well worth exploring.
In more modern days, Steep Holm was fortified in Victorian times and the 7 ton cannons remain on or near their original batteries - two of the cannon are scheduled ancient monuments.
members.aol.com /southrd1/wsm/steephol.htm   (773 words)

  
 Steep Holm tourist information
Steep Holm, an island in the Bristol Channel
The name 'Holm' derives from the Scandinavian name for river.  Composed of Carboniferous Limestone, the island is geologically an extension of the Mendip Hills at Brean Down
Steep Holm acts as a wind and wave break, sheltering the upper reaches of the Bristol Channel.  In the 1860s both Steep Holm and Flat Holm were fortified against possible invasion and during World War I and World War II these defences were updated. 
www.touruk.co.uk /north-somerset/steep-holm.htm   (215 words)

  
 Steep Holm Information
Steep Holm (Grid reference ST228607) is a 25.51 hectare English island lying in the Bristol Channel.
Both Steep Holm and Flat Holm were fortified in the 1860s as a defence against invasion: Steep Holm having several gun batteries and a centralised group of brick-built barrack blocks.
The Steep Holm batteries were also connected, by underwater telegraph cable, to the Brean Down Fort batteries; but parts of the cable were stolen for scrap after the end of WW II.
www.bookrags.com /Steep_Holm   (287 words)

  
 Steep Holm Island - Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust
STEEP HOLM is not just a rock in the middle of the Bristol Channel, but a haven for visitors, a site of special scientific interest, and a Nature Reserve: all with the most spectacular views in all directions - the Severn Bridges, Weston Bay, the North Somerset, Devon and Welsh coasts.
From earliest childhood, "islands" always evoke a sense of mystery and fascination and Steep Holm is no exception, having its own share of secrets well worth exploring.
In more modern days, Steep Holm was fortified in Victorian times and the 7 ton cannons remain on or near their original batteries - two of the cannon are scheduled ancient monuments.
www.members.aol.com /southrd1/wsm/steephol.htm   (773 words)

  
 The Weston Mercury | Steep Holm
Steep Holm was taken over in 1974 (and eventually bought in 1976) by the Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust to be maintained as a nature preserve in remembrance of the campaigning environmental journalist who had inspired so much affection.
In their book Steep Holm, Stan and Joan Rendell describe the barracks as having a roof with missing slates, windows and doors smashed, rotten rafters, peeling paint and plants growing merrily in the guttering.
During July, the doors, made by Shapet Joinery of Bristol, were brought to Steep Holm on Skylark - I remember them stacked tenderly in the barracks, and the sweet smell of freshly finished wood.
www.thewestonmercury.co.uk /content/twm/flatfiles/features/Features2006/aspx/06-10-13Holm.aspx   (1558 words)

  
 WWII and Victorian Military Fortifications and 60 cm railway on Steep holm Island
Steep Holm Island is one of the two Holm islands in the Bristol Channel, UK.
Steep Holm and Flat Holm islands lie in a rough line between Cardiff and Weston Super Mare.
Steep Holm was fortified originally in the 1860's in response to the threat from France and then again during World War 2 as an anti-shipping and anti-aircraft fort.
www.willys-mb.co.uk /steep-holm.htm   (460 words)

  
 Doniford Road, Watchet - Summerfield Developments - West Country Property Developer based in Taunton, Somerset - ...
The Holms at Doniford Road, Watchet is a development of two, three and four bedroom houses, set in a seaside location, handy for coastal works and open countryside and easy access to the town of Watchet.
The Holms is in a stunning setting overlooking the sea and the Quantocks, and within easy reach of the traditional harbour town of Watchet.
The Holms is a select development made up of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses set around a series of cul-de-sacs to provide a quiet and safe environment.
www.summerfield.co.uk /developments/residential/watchet/index.html   (514 words)

  
 Steep Holm   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A winched railway up a very steep gradient of 1 in 0.66, used to bring in guns and ammunition to the top of the island.
Steep holm is an island in the Bristol Channel.
Steep Holm Military Railway, 1' 11 1/2" - located on Steep Holm Island in the Bristol Channel off Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
www.hows.org.uk /personal/rail/incline/holm.htm   (145 words)

  
 Henry Van Dyke. Days Off. Ch. 5: Among the Quantock Hills.
The steep sides of the glen glistened with hollies and laurels, tangled and confused with flberry bushes.
Overhead was the interwoven roof of oaks and ashes and beeches.
There was the distinct outline of the foundations of the old castle, built in the Norman times; we could trace the moat, and the court, and all the separate rooms; but not a stone of the walls remained – only a ground-plan drawn in the turf of the hill-top.
www.kellscraft.com /daysoffch5.html   (2752 words)

  
 STEEP HOLM, FLAT HOLM
Steep Holm and Flat Holm are very small islands in the Bristol Channel.
They were fortified during the 1860s, at the same time as the fortifications on the coast at Brean Down, Flat Holm and Lavernock Point, to protect the Bristol Channel ports.
During refortification during the Second World War the original Steep Holm guns were pushed aside, and now lie nearby.
www.ecastles.co.uk /holm.html   (166 words)

  
 trip to Steep Holm
It's been over 20 years since I last visited Steep Holm but the trip obviously made an impression on me as I have some very strong memories from my visit.
Steep Holm is owned by the Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust.
Steep Holm also has a history of human habitation and there is evidence still there today.
www.birdlist.co.uk /steepholm.htm   (558 words)

  
 Somersetshire - LoveToKnow 1911
The Mendip range, breaking off from the high ground near Wiltshire, extends north-west towards the channel, where it ends with Brean Down; while the island of Steep Holm stands as an outpost between the heights of Somerset and Glamorgan.
South of the Mendips lies a broad plain watered by the Parrett and the Brue, and known generally as Sedgemoor, but with different names in different parts.
shines, and in some parts rich in peat, is broken by isolated hills and lower ridges, of which the most conspicuous are Brent Knoll near Burnham, the Isle of Avalon, rising with Glastonbury Tor as its highest point, and the long low ridge of Polden ending to the west in a steep bluff.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Somersetshire   (3459 words)

  
 Real Cardiff - Flat Holm
Outside we discover Flat Holm's unique slow worm (it has a larger blue spot on its side that its mainland cousins), Flat Holm's unique wild peony (which also grows of Steep Holm), and Flat Holm's unique collection of wild leek (which also grow in Cornwall).
The nearest is on Steep Holm and, there, the landlord actually travels out on the same boat as the visitors, jumping off first and nipping up the cliff to turn on the lights and set out the glasses before anyone arrives.
Flat Holm's bookshop is a cupboard in the corner of the farmhouse.
ds.dial.pipex.com /peter.finch/holm.htm   (927 words)

  
 Steep Holm
Steep Holm is a nature reserve now, and there are no human residents - though in the past it's been used by the army, farmed, been the resort of pirates and the site of a mediaeval priory.
I'd already decided on the name and was browsing in a local bookshop to find material on the Channel's flora, fauna and geology, when I came across a book by Stan and Joan Rendell on Steep Holm.
It makes for an exciting day, in which you're landed on the island's one beach at low tide and collected again twelve hours later: in between, Steep Holm's beach is submerged and the only way off is by helicoptor.
www.charlesbutler.co.uk /steepholm.html   (172 words)

  
 Matthew 2004
Flat Holm has a distinctive lighthouse and a ruined cholera isolation hospital, as well as fortifications from Victorian times and WWII.
The Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust took over the charitable administration of Steep Holm during the period 1974/5 in memory of the well-known broadcaster and naturalist.
We sailed around Steep Holm, admiring the fortifications, and then it was time to set the mainsail and head back towards Bristol.
www.pcurtis.com /matthew04.htm   (2134 words)

  
 Bibliotheca Archives Archaeological Guidance Note 5   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The authority is fortunate to possess within its area the outstanding military landscape of the island of Steep Holm, which includes a pair of Victorian gun batteries Scheduled as Ancient Monuments, and a complex of extremely well-preserved military structures of the Victorian and World War Two periods.
Many of the earlier structures (such as the Barracks on Steep Holm, for example) are large buildings, capable of reconstruction, and of perceived architectural merit, although the smaller structures of World War Two date, such as pill-boxes or aircraft dispersal pens, were probably only ever intended to be temporary.
Specialised barracks, such as those of 1867 on Steep Holm, are rare, but the ephemeral traces of temporary camps, such as that of World War Two date at Brockley, or in the Lox Yeo valley at Yarborough, are often detectable in the archaeological record.
www.bibliotheca.org.uk /archives/documents/agn5.html   (3761 words)

  
 The Environmental Network Of North Somerset: Events Calendar
The crossing to the island was fairly gentle and the moderate temperature allowed for pleasant walking on the island.
With the many plants and animals to be found in the different habitats across the island and the number of rare and unusual species it is no surprise to learn that Steep Holm is a SSSI.
Steep Holm is a perfect place to indulge in wildlife and history and a thoroughly good day was had by all.
www.tenons.org.uk /events.htm   (846 words)

  
 Barry, Wales : Images from around Barry
In the background are the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm, plus the landmarks of Brean Down and Brent Knoll on the North Somerset coast.
In the background are Sully Island and the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm, plus the landmarks of Brean Down and Brent Knoll on the North Somerset coast.
The Atlantic Trading Estate is on the coast, and in the mist are Brean Down, Steep Holm and Brent Knoll.
www.barrywales.co.uk /gallery.asp?find=may2003   (5424 words)

  
 Penarth town trails 2
Flat Holm, the larger island, is a nature reserve and gull colony.
Steep Holm, which unlike its neighbour is an English island, is a bird sanctuary run by the Kenneth Alsop Trust.
His morse message "Are you ready?" was transmitted from Flat Holm and received by an 110-foot mast in the farm at Lavernock Point.
www.civictrustwales.org /trails/Penarth_trails/penarth2.html   (2183 words)

  
 Watchet
New in 2002 is this horse drawn tour of Watchet, many years ago my wife tried something similar from outside Minehead Station with little success, but this one seemed to be doing well when I was there.
On a clear day you can see Steep Holm, an island in the Bristol Channel opposite Weston super Mare from the platform at Watchet.
Another glimpse of Steep Holm, visible in the background as 7820 Dinmore Manor stands in Watchet station with a down train.
trainsferriesbuses.co.uk /watchet.htm   (264 words)

  
 Grange Farm Cottage - Self-catering holiday cottage in Somerset, England
Black Hill, a short walk from the car park, is a good place to see the heather in flower in late August and September.
Kilve Beach (GR ST145443) and the cliff path above provide fine views across the Bristol Channel to the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm and to Wales beyond.
The blue lias cliffs and stones on the beach are rich in Ammonite fossils, some of which measure over a foot in diameter.
www.grangefarmcottage.co.uk /walking.php   (276 words)

  
 PCC Holms Race 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Aiming to ride the tide down to the Holms to arrive at low water and then returning on the incoming tide to Portishead.
Timing the arrival at the Holms is critical as the slack water lasts for less than 15 minutes before turning.
The Holms Race tests tactics, experience, knowledge and teamwork, as the boats are pitted against the winds, the tides and each other.
www.portisheadcruisingclub.org.uk /2007/HolmsRace/HolmsRace.htm   (497 words)

  
 The Melanie Pieces
As I stared at Steep Holm I suddenly wondered why I did so; and the answer is that I see it as an embodied symbol of mystery made solid.
Yet, despite that, as I watch it change with the seasons and the light I feel an undeniable sense that I have never been there, that it holds all that is strange and wonderful.
Steep Holm itself obviously isn't unique; it's just my own particular tag on which to hang this feeling of "home".
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/David_Boldinger/melpcsdb.htm   (2327 words)

  
 Guidebook Community Pages :: View topic - Flat Holm and Steep Holm^
Crossed quickly to Steep Holm in nice enough conditions, but packing had delayed us and we were an hour behind our carefully calculated schedule.
Steep Holm is a bird reserve and thus you are only supposed to visit in the day......
Now with the tide already going faster than we intended (flood) the wind decided to increase a bit more than forecast and we soon found ourselves battling against both the tide and a force 4ish wind in the channle between the islands.
www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk /forum/viewtopic.php?t=11416   (1442 words)

  
 Steep Holm: A Case History in the Study of Evolution by John Fowles
Steep Holm: A Case History in the Study of Evolution by John Fowles
Steep Holm: A Case History in the Study of Evolution
Fascinating work on a small Island called 'Steep Holm' in the Bristol Channel where the wildlife is developing along a path of evolution that is remarkable different from that of the Mainland.
www.fantasticfiction.co.uk /f/john-fowles/steep-holm.htm   (91 words)

  
 The Towy Boat Club - Bristol Channel Cruise - 2002 Part 2   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Leaving Penarth astern, we planned to land on Flat Holm, the base used by Marconi in 1897 for the first over-water wireless signals.
Porlock Bay was illuminated by brilliant sunshine which spotlighted the cluster of buildings to the south of the harbour nestling at the base of steep tree-clad slopes.
The climb to Widmouth Head was steep; we stopped to catch our breath at one of the bench seats.
www.towyboatclub.org /page.php?id=14   (1407 words)

  
 Brean Down
Out in the Bristol Channel, lies the island of Steep Holm, once a source of much of the stone used in building Weston and Bristol.
With a three mile range, these guns were sufficient to defend the channel between Brean Down and the batteries on Steep Holm.
The walk to the fort involves a steep climb from beach level and a moderate amount of walking.
website.lineone.net /~ronald.h.miller/breandown.htm   (1143 words)

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