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Brean Down, Brean

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Brean Down is a promontory off the coast of Somerset, England, standing 318ft high and extending 1.5mi into the Bristol Channel at the eastern end of Bridgwater Bay between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea.Made of Carboniferous Limestone, it is a continuation of the Mendip Hills. Two further continuations are the small islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. The cliffs on the northern and southern flanks of Brean Down have large quantities of fossils laid down in the marine deposits about 320–350 million years ago. The site has been occupied by humans since the late Bronze Age and includes the remains of a Romano-Celtic Temple. At the seaward end is Brean Down Fort which was built in 1865 and then re-armed in the Second World War.Brean Down is now owned by the National Trust, and is rich in wildlife, history and archaeology. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to both the geology and presence of nationally rare plants including the white rock-rose. It has also been scheduled as an ancient monument.
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  • Lovely walk. National Trust always good service with reliable facilities. We walked two miles down the beach to get to Brean Down. Sat in the cosy cafe and took advantage of the free Wi Fi. It was a b...  more »
  • Brean Down is home to an old fort at the extreme end. Many visitors and locals walk here. One piece of advice, do not be tempted to let your dog off its leash as some owners have unfortunately lost th...  more »
  • We parked our van on the hard strand (Irish for beach) and watched the too-ing and fro-ing of the wind blown Lowry families and couples as they bent themselves against the wild wind. In contrast, the ...  more »
  • A quick trip to Brean sands is a must, where there, you can park your car on the beach for just £3 at the time of writing, cheaper parking options than a number of car parks around. The Down is made of Carboniferous Limestone, and a continuation of the Mendip Hills. The cliffs on the northern and southern flanks of Brean Down have large quantities of fossils laid down in the marine deposits about 320–350 million years ago. Brean Down Fort was built in 1865. Great picnic oppotunities and great views of Weston-super-Mare
  • Beautiful views took us by surprise as we walked up to the top of Brean Down. We had a clear sunny day, and could see across the Bristol Channel to Cardiff. A welcome surprise, and the children had excellent fun walking along to the point and in the fort at the end.
  • A gorgeous setting for taking in the local area, at least when the weather is fair. The climb to the top of the Brean Down is a little intensive, and is not recommended for those not willing to take a large amount of stairs. The view from atop the down makes the climb worth it, but care must be taken with small children as there is no protection on the cliff edges.
  • Lots of wildlife and outstanding views. Definitely worth the walk.
  • Fantastic view point for the Severn estuary and a well maintained Fort.