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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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  • Brilliant site, pity about the cafe. We have been NT members for many years and this is the worst cafe I have ever come across. Not enough room to go into details but somebody needs to get a grip on.....  more »
  • When arriving after a long walk we thought the menu looked quite good, how wrong can you be. When we asked if we could order were met with you can try no potatoes today only chips, bacon baps and...  more »
  • Great beach. NT car park £4.50 for the day but we parked on the beach for £3.50 for the day and you can come and go. Great walk to the fort giving amazing views.
  • Great day out where we can take the dog. Been here several times with the family and always enjoyed a good walk up the steep steps, along the down which has amazing views over Weston and to the fort. Lovely cafe at the bottom next to the carpark that even caters for the dog. Easily spend 3-4hrs up here and even longer if you go on the beach too.
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