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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Beach walk from Brean village to Brean Down

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Beach walk from Brean village to Brean Down

A glorious walk across the acres of sand that make up Brean beach. This is the clasic British beach walk where the sea ebbs away into the distance at low tide leaving a vast expanse of compacted sand to walk across. With the promontory of Brean head jutting out to the north and the island of Steep Holm lurking in the distance it makes for some interesting views.

Return can either be directly back along the sands which offer firm sand even at most high tides, or along the beach road where there are ample bars and restaurants that accompany the numerous holiday camps that adorn this area.

Probably the best time to walk this beach is early morning when the beach is devoid of people and the dawn is breaking from the landward side. With a moody sky where clouds deflect the sunlight in every direction then this beach becomes a true wonder to walk along.


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.

Unity Farm, Brean to Brean Down Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Unity Farm, Brean View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Brean Down View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
6.5 miles
Walk difficulty
There are warning signs cautioning against walking the sands at low tide due to sinking sand and mud


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
07:30 to 10:00
Weather Conditions
moody skies with dawn breaking


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