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Escape from Flat Holm

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Escape from Flat Holm

England, United Kingdom

Sat 26th August 2023

Starting at 09:00

1 race

£220.00

Organiser's Description

This is an Incredible opportunity to take part in a first-of-its-kind event - A 12k swim from Flat Holm Island to Whitmore Bay, Barry.

Flat Holm is a remote island sat deep in the middle of the Bristol Channel. 4 miles from shore between Wales and England.

We will guide you on a 12k swim to Barry's famous Whitmore Bay. A deep-sea adventure unlike no other in the UK.

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  • Escape From Flat Holm Island - 12k

    £220.00

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  • Escape From Flat Holm Island - 12k

    £220.00

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Course Details

The swim will last approx 2.5-3.5 hrs, so you must be prepared, and have sufficiently trained for the distance and duration. The route is very exposed to the elements, so you must have sufficient experience in choppy water. Expect a bit of bounce!

What's Included

You will arrive at Barry for registration and receive a safety briefing. We will allocate you to a group based on your feedback form. From here, you will be put on a coach and taken to Cardiff Bay barrage, where you embark on a boat journey to Flat Holm island.

Upon arriving at Flat Holm, you will receive a second briefing about the swim and safety procedures, before setting off with your allocated group and safety team.

The swim will last approx 2.5-3.5 hrs, so you must be prepared, and have sufficiently trained for the distance and duration. The route is very exposed to the elements, so you must have sufficient experience in choppy water. Expect a bit of bounce!

The swim will end at Whitmore Bay, a large sandy beach with additional lifeguard cover. There are plenty of ice-creams, hot drinks and food available on the beach, as well as a Hero's welcome.

  • Event Teeshirt
  • Swim Cap
  • Boat ride
  • Remote island

How to Get There

Registration is at Whitmore Bay, Barry, South Wales. Barry is easily reached by public transport from Cardiff and other areas.

Parking

There are multiple pay and display car parks next to the beach at Whitmore Bay.

Location

Flat Holm island has such a rich history! The earliest visitors were in the 6th century, it has been used for smuggling, and the first ever wireless signals were transmitted over the sea from Flat Holm to Lavernock point.

The lighthouse is 300yrs old. There are many remnants of a fortress built in 1860 and also of the ww2 Army defence station, as well as a cholera and isolation hospital built in 1883.

The island is also full of wildlife! The gull population during summer is in the thousands, as well as resident rabbits, sheep and other birds. It really feels like escaping to a remote wild sanctuary and the island has such a unique energy. It also boasts to have Wales's most southern pub, the Gull and Leek, however we advise against a drink before the event! :)

all the finer details

You will be expected to complete a form pre event detailing experience etc

here

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