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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Brean Down Circular Walk

Salt marsh

A Short walk around Somersets Brean Down

Brean Down is a 100m high promontory at the northern end of the Somerset Coast Path. This rocky outcrop protrudes some 1.5 miles out into the Bristol Channel and centred between the sandy bays of Brean and Weston Super Mare. The land is currently owned by the National Trust and provides both wildlife habitat and the remains of a Victorian fort, recommissioned in WWII, that sits at the head.

The walk is under 3 miles in total. There is a steep initial climb although this is up well maintained steps that most able bodied folk can negotiate. The effort is rewarded by the amazing views from the top with a panoramic scene stretching along the coast southwards with the distant Quantock hills making way for the tall cliffs of Devon. Northwards gives views of the extensive beaches around Weston Super Mare and to the west are the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm with Barry Island marking the closest point on the welsh coast beyond.

The Fort at the end of the promontory is maintained by the National Trust with information boards throughout and representatives on hand to offer guidance and information. Entrance is free and one can spend a good hour just wandering through these extensive remains.


This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Brean Down Car Park to Brean Head Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Brean Down Car Park View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Brean Head View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
3 miles
Walk difficulty
footpath and tracks
Steep but well maintained steps lead to the top of the Down after which the path is relatively easy. Return is along a track


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk


Unity Farm, Brean Sands, Burnham-on-Sea Camp site View in OS Map | View in Google Map
A family oriented holiday park with entertainment, static caravans as well as touring pitches

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
13:00 to 14:30
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
clear day with some cloud cover


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