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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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  • had a lovely work to the top the view was great nice way to spend the afternoon just take care lots of steps  more »
  • Thought I would take my elderly mother to brean as promised last year when we finally got some better weather took her to the nat trust café WHAT a disappointment load of money for 2 pasties full of g...  more »
  • We had a family afternoon at Brean Down in Somerset which is easily accessible from Weston Super Mare where we had lunch. Large car park which is FREE for members of the National Trust and a fantastic...  more »
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  • Great place out of season to take a brisk walk and enjoy the panoramic views. At low tide the sands are a fabulous place for dogs to run wild. I can imagine based on the miles and miles of caravans it can get pretty busy here during the height of summer. Don't expect great bathing, the water is very brown and estuary like!
  • Great place very pretty. Great views the stairs are hard going but there is a ramp and you can hire wheel chairs.
  • Amazing and surprising. If it had been sunny, five stars.
  • Interesting place to visit, nice walk and some interesting history, especially the barracks and other wartime buildings.
  • Great place for a walk, there is an interesting fort at the end as well. Great views from the top. Definitely worth a visit.
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