Brean Down

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From Brean Down, jutting out into the Bristol Channel, there are wonderful views in all directions. The Down, as well as the island of Steepholm, are parts of the rocky spine of the Mendip Hills as it disappears into the Bristol Channel.

The grassland hosts many different flowers, butterflies and other insects. Shrubs and bushes have been sculpted by the wind. Kestrels show off their flying skills hunting for small mammals, and on less breezy days skylarks fill the air with their constant song.

At the furthest extent of the Down you will find a 19th century fort. Originally built to deter the French it was armed and manned during World Wars I & II. It was also the site for testing some ‘secret’ but rather dubious weaponry.

Brean Down is owned and managed by the National Trust. You will find much useful information about the site at the café and interpretation area at the bottom of the Down and at the fort. There are also some toilets here.

If you don’t feel as though you can manage the steps there is a track, which is much easier going and will take you to the eastern end of the Down. Once on top the walking is fairly easy going. People with dogs or children should be aware that there are hazardous cliffs.

A very comprehensive description of the site can be found on this website.

Local Journeys, in collaboration with the National Trust, is organising a series of exhibitions and events focussed on Brean Down. For more information please click here Stormy Weather

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