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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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  • Lovely place. The steep steps are not for the faint hearted and the walk is further than you think but worth it for the magnificent views of the bristol channel and beyond. We walked around the path and came fown the steps which i feel was the right choice to get the most of the visit as the other way around directions could have been confused.
  • Lovely walk, great views, superb ice cream after :)
  • Beautiful views from the top of the hill of Weston Super Mare & towards Burnham on Sea, World War II fort situated at the end is now in the ownership of the National Trust.
  • 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.
  • 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

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