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Steepholm Island, North Somerset, BS23 1AL
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Steep Holm is a privately owned island in the Bristol Channel and is managed by a small group of Trustees. It lies about five miles (8 km) offshore from the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. Although relatively close to areas of high population, and sitting in the middle of a busy shipping channel, Steep Holm is isolated by brisk tidal currents and a difficult landing place.

Despite and indeed because of its isolation, Steep Holm is a rewarding place to visit, with visitors welcome on scheduled trips. It is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest famed for its beautiful, May flowering, wild peony. It is home to the remains of a 12th century Augustinian priory.

The Victorians fortified the island and their six gun batteries, complete with cannons, remain largely intact. The former Barracks has been restored as a Visitor and Education/Exhibition Centre. There are intriguing Second World War remains: searchlight posts, gun batteries and rocket launcher sites.

And there is peace and quiet (when the gulls have finished rearing their young) with fantastic, 360 degree, panoramic views of the Bristol Channel and the Somerset and Welsh coastlines.


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Allowing for the vagaries of sea and weather, we endeavour to run scheduled day trips to Steep Holm between April and October.

Individuals, families and groups are all welcome. The boats each hold 12 passengers which will include officials of the Trust. Depending upon demand we may run up to 4 boats to the island; a total of 48 passengers.

People with back, heart, or breathing problems, pregnant women, those who have had recent surgery, or have other medical issues, are advised not to travel.

Please assemble at the end of Knightstone Causeway in Weston-super-Mare at least 20 minutes before sailing time. A representative of the Trust will be waiting to check you in and issue you with an individually numbered Boarding Pass and life jacket prior to the journey. A safety briefing will be given prior to departure.

Council parking is usually available at the Madeira Road Car Park, about 300m. north-west of Knightstone.

Free street parking can often be found in the roads on the hillside above the Marine Lake.

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