Meet at the National Trust car park at Brean Down at 10:30 am. We will walk the beach to the first beach car park and then return to the N.T. shop and cafe (toilets available). The round trip will take about 40 minutes at our pace. The cafe is open but not fully staffed so we would need to order the snacks/food we would like. A menu is available, so if you are planning on coming, please contact us, and we can let you have a copy. Then let us know what you would like so that we can order the food a couple of days beforehand.
A little bit of info about Steep Holm. It is a privately owned island in the Bristol Channel and is managed by a small group of Trustees. It was bought in memory of Kenneth Alsop, who was a naturalist and broadcaster. The island lies 5 miles from the shore of Weston. It is surrounded by brisk currents and has a difficult landing stage, not the easiest place to get to, but it is a rewarding place to visit and people on scheduled trips are welcome. It’s a nature reserve and an S.S.S.I. Its wild peony is in bloom in May and apparently it is a sight to behold!
Steep Holm is home to the remains of a 12th century Augustine Priory. The Victorians fortified the island and their 6 gun batteries, complete with cannons, are largely intact. The former Barracks has been restored as a Visitor and Education/Exhibition Centre. There are World War 2 remains also. Searchlight posts, gun batteries and rocket launcher sites. When the gulls have finished rearing their young there is peace and quiet on the island, with 360 degrees panoramic views of the Bristol Channel and the Somerset and Welsh coastlines.