Brean Down, Steep Holm & Flat Holm

RedHillDigital

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Brean Down, Steep Holm & Flat Holm

Number of views as of 18th January 2018 = 440.

Brean Down, between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea (Somerset, England) is a great place for 360 degree views of the Bristol Channel, the Somerset Levels, the Mendip and Quantock Hills and South Wales.

This shot includes the islands of Steep Holm (left) and Flat Holm, with the South Wales coast on the horizon.

The trees that survive life on Brean Down have to be hardy, and some grow almost horizontally, bowed by the prevailing westerly winds.

Steep Holm island (or in the Welsh language: Ynys Rhonech) is a nature reserve and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and lies 5 miles off the Somerset coast. Geologically, it is an extension of the Mendip Hills.

Flat Holm island (Welsh: Ynys Echni), also a nature reserve and SSSI includes the southern most point in Wales and is just 4 miles off the Cardiff coast.

Both islands are formed from carboniferous limestone and were fortified (as was Brean Down) to protect the Bristol Channel and the ports of Bristol and Cardiff during Victorian times and in the two World Wars.

Date: 23rd May 2015.

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