Boat trips to Flat Holm - with tour - are launched

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 May 2011

(click on image for larger view) Martin Woolls and Pete  Davis Westward Ho boat trip to Flat Holm.

(click on image for larger view) Martin Woolls and Pete Davis Westward Ho boat trip to Flat Holm.

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A BUSINESSMAN and keen sailor has organised a set of trips to a hidden gem just a short distance by boat from Weston seafront.

The Flat Holm visits, which will run from next week until October, will give people six or seven hours on the island.

They will be able to buy a self-guided tour pack and take the opportunity to enjoy the historic site, which can be clearly seen from Weston’s shores.

Martin Woolls, of MW Marine, has organised the trips and said: “The island is a designated site of special scientific interest.

“This means there is an abundance of things to see.

“It also has a rich history.”

Visitors will be able to take the chance to relax and enjoy the island’s atmosphere with a cup of tea or coffee or perhaps visit the well-stocked souvenir shop.

On some days they can even buy meat that has been hand-reared on the island.

There is now a three-bedroom cottage where people can stay overnight on the island if they wish.

Day visitors will be transported to the island on the Westward Ho, Britain’s smallest car ferry.

The boat, that carries foot passengers, was bought by MW Marine in 2009 and became the Weston-based island ferry it is now.

Trips will run from Knightstone Island on different days throughout the next five months.

Adults can step aboard for £24, while children aged five to 16 will cost £12. There will also be a landing fee of £5.50 per person.

Guided tours will also be available on certain days.

For more details call 01934 636734.

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