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Brean Down, Brean

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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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  • Good walk up and over the Down with or without dog. Park at the end of the coast road, choice of restaurants, little NT shop, toilets etc. Good half day activity. 
  • Put our toddler in a back pack carrier and off we went. Amazing scenery lovely walk. Bit windy on the little Ones cheeks. We visited as was a national trust site and we are members. Thumbs up for the ...  read more »
  • Had a couple of hours walk here with the dog.good area for walking with good scenic views frèe parking nearby 
  • Great place to walk with great views as well, go early morning and you can catch the sea mist
  • Fantastic walk with breath taking views. Wise to get there with nice weather. There is a bit of a steep uphill hike at the beginning, but the view from the top is worth the effort.
  • Fantastic
  • Lovely walk, but very steep steps, not for the faint hearted, but worth the heart attack!!!
  • Very good and very nice
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