Carers dodge the storm to visit Flat Holm island

Waiting to board the 'Lewis Alexander'

A group of Crossroads Care in the Vale’s carers and their dependent relatives braved the elements for a boat ride to Flat Holm island in the Bristol Channel on 20th July.

The trip was organised following a presentation in May to Crossroads Care’s Penarth Social Group on the history and wildlife of the island by Glyn Jones of the Flat Holm Project. Members of the group were so inspired by Glyn’s talk that Jo Hendry, the group coordinator, organised the outing.

The intrepid travellers met at the Cardiff Bay barrage for their voyage to the island aboard the Lewis Alexander. Fortunately, despite the gloomy local weather forecast, visibility was clear and the rain stayed away. The crossing was calm and fabulous views of the Penarth and Sully coastline were enjoyed by the group.

Don, Elizabeth and Ivor prepare to leave Flat Holm

Upon arrival, members of the Flat Holm Project gave an introductory talk, and this was followed by an optional tour of the island. The tour gave insight into Flat Holm’s military occupation, the history of the Cholera and isolation hospital, and the island’s wildlife including its vast gull population. There was also an opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch and to visit the gift shop and exhibition centre.

The group spent three hours on Flat Holm before departing for the barrage at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day.

More information about Flat Holm can be found at