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Flat Holm

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51°22'37"-03°07'14" show decimal

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Flat Holm
Bristol Channel, Wales

Cited as the most southerly point in Wales, the island of Flat Holm was originally a retreat for monks, and used for a santuary for many people over the centuries. It was fortified in Victorian times and in the Second World War, and is now designated a Site of Scientific Interest, and is a nature reserve.

As a busy shipping lane in the Bristol Channel, there has been a lighthouse established on the island since 1737, and its most recent incarnation is now automated and solar-powered.

How to get here:

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Boat: There are scheduled visits between March and October, departing from the Channel View Leisure Centre on the Lewis Alexander. (~5 miles, ~1h) +

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableIsland from Barry

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Photograph taken: 15th May 2008 by Scott Frankton

Adrift
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Filmed: 1 Sep 2007
The boat makes its way to the island.

 

Additional Notes:

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Barry faces the island's northernside - the approach in the story is actually from the south side (ie. the lighthouse is on the other "side" of the island in shot!).

 

Access: visitStatus: recognisableJetty

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Photograph taken: 13th September 2008 by Hazel Stanton

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Adrift
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Filmed: 1 Sep 2007
Gwen is dropped off at the island.

 

 

Access: visitStatus: recognisableHillside

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Photograph taken: 13th September 2008 by Hazel Stanton

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Adrift
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Screen Shot
Filmed: 1 Sep 2007
Gwen makes her way up a hill to the lighthouse.

 

 

Access: visitStatus: recognisableLighthouse

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Photograph taken: 13th September 2008 by Hazel Stanton

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Adrift
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Filmed: 1 Sep 2007
Gwen follows Jack down towards the bunkers.

 

 

Access: visitStatus: recognisableBunkers

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Photograph taken: 13th September 2008 by Hazel Stanton

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Adrift
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Filmed: 1 Sep 2007
Gwen makes her way into the bunkers.

 

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Sutton Farm (Delta and the Bannermen): 3.51 miles.

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Cosmeston Medieval Village (Robot of Sherwood): 3.71 miles.

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BP Sports and Social Club (Torchwood Series Two): 4.08 miles.

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Cliff Road (From Out Of The Rain): 4.22 miles.

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Marine Parade (From Out Of The Rain, Enemy of the Bane): 4.22 miles.

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Augusta Road (The Sound of Drums): 4.23 miles.

Filming Reports:

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18 Sep 2007: Album: Ben Salter - Photos from filming for Adrift

In the News:

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25 Jun 2011: South Wales Echo - "Gull and Leek pub opens on Flat Holm Island"

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25 Jun 2011: WalesOnline - "Flat Holm island new pub is a real Holm from home"

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23 Jun 2011: BBC News - "Flat Holm to open Gull and Leek pub on island"

Further links about the location:

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The Flatholm Project - Information on the activities of the island

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The Flatholm Society - set up to promote the island and its activities

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BBC South East Wales - all about the island

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Trinity House - Information on the light house

Related Stories

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Adrift [18 Sep 2007]: The island where the rift refugees are looked after.

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