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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Bryher - Population 92

Continuing a mini-series of places worth visiting not that far from Bristol. If you haven't read the earlier more general post on the Isles of Scilly, you can do so here.

The smallest populated island on the Isles of Scilly, Bryher lies to the west of Tresco. The east side of the island, facing Tresco, is protected from the Atlantic storms and is therefore the milder side. The west cost, by contrast, receives the full force of the winter gales and contains the appropriately-named Hell Bay, where one of the sandy beaches is also located.

About half a square mile in area, Bryher (meaning "Place of Hills") has good views from Watch Hill and Samson Hill on the south of the island. Just off the southern tip is the uninhabited island of Samson. You can get a boat there from St Mary's - just look out for the signs by the quay or ask at the tourist office.

The Great Pool on Bryher is a site of special scientific interest - and the whole island itself has a rather wild feel. There is one hotel and a few guest houses plus a cottage or two for rent and a campsite. You won't need a map - just get off the boat and walk around!

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