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    Arrow Flat Holm Island - The Fog Horn Station - June 2010


    Guilty of never really putting photos up, this was probably my favourate explore of the summer..

    Flat holm is the bigger of two islands in the mouth of the River Severn. The other is known as 'Steep Holm'



    The island has a history right back to the dark ages and has been a retreat for monks, acted as a sanctuary for Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Miners, Smugglers and cholera victims. Fortified in Victorian times and again in WW2, it is most famous for the first ever radio message across water sent by Marconi in 1897. It is now a site of Special Scientific Intrest and a Local Nature Reserve.









    The foghorn station was built in 1908 to accompany the lighthouse warning boats sailing up and down the Severn of the islands. The lighthouse on flat holm originates right back to 1737. The powerful compressed air signal was installed in one building while a cottage provider the keepers with extra accommodation. I can remember it's distinct noise from where I grew up as a boy. It was that loud.









    With the full automation of the lighthouse in 1998 and other advances in marine navigation the foghorn was silenced for the final time. It was mothballed and kept maintained for a few years after but now the roof of the building is too structurally weak to hold the horn up without the aid of building struts inside of the building.






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    I am looking forward to going there after seeing Steepholme this summer..didnt know about the foghorn becoming unsafe so thanks for that..is it true the only ferry to here is from Cardiff?

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    Prrrrrrp!

    Love both steepholm and flatholm, hope to visit both again next summer if I can remember to book!

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    Really liking this. Great history and explore and such lovely, moody photos. Cheers, Tumbles. Nice one. :)
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    Thanx for that Tumbles !! Will hopefully have a trip to Steepholm and Flatholme sometime during next year.Both seem like a good explore !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by klempner69 View Post
    I am looking forward to going there after seeing Steepholme this summer..didnt know about the foghorn becoming unsafe so thanks for that..is it true the only ferry to here is from Cardiff?
    Yep from Cardiff Bay. It's a choppy ride too if you pick the wrong day. I got soaked

    There is so much on the island that 3 hours is barely enough to take it in. The forts alone are worth a day.

    One thing I'd say.. go outside of 'chick' season for the Seaguls. There is EIGHT THOUSAND pairs on the island. It was mental in June, hard hats required because of the parents dive bombing you





    I'll put the fort stuff up in a bit :)

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    Tumbles,we had the same hassle on Steepholme in july with the gulls dive-bombing..its not funny for sure.We picked a day when the swell was big fun..Chelle spent the ride out with her head in a bin.

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    Awwww...fluffballs. We get them on the roofs here and when they get older most of them fall off during their first try-outs. But when they take their proper maiden flights from the ground they sometimes fly into the windows due to the reflection. I've had two broken windows from beaky break-ins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Awwww...fluffballs. We get them on the roofs here and when they get older most of them fall off during their first try-outs. But when they take their proper maiden flights from the ground they sometimes fly into the windows due to the reflection. I've had two broken windows from beaky break-ins!
    But you live in Debn and have real gulls..the swine we have up here live on the rubbish tip,but have to say I still love to hear their squawks..reminds me of the seaside.

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    i know stu would be on this as soon as i saw the post, spungletrumpet did this in the summer this year for a long weekend of camping on the island, he really enjoyed it as well

    great looking place this and i also cant wait for a weekend up there in the summer next year

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