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The ups and downs of Brean


A walk to the quiet side of the Down. Jutting into the Bristol Channel Brean Down is a natural rocky pier with stunning views over the Somerset Levels to the south, the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare to the north and over the Bristol Channel to Wales.

Take a look at fascinating historic remains from a bygone age

Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Waterside Walks', 'Beautiful Views', 'Historical Footsteps', 'Flora and Fauna'.

Brean Down, coastal site, Somerset
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Map route for the ups and downs of Brean walk
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Brean Down car park, grid ref: ST290590


From the car park, turn left and follow the road, keeping to the left and heading for the steps. There are plenty of resting places and viewing platforms, so take your time and enjoy the stunning views behind you. On a clear day you may see as far as Brent Knoll, Glastonbury Tor and Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor - all cared for by us.


As you walk up the steps, the sand cliffs to your left are the result of thousands of years of sand being blown from the beach. Remains of bison and mammoth have been found here; just think what you could be walking over.

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At the top, take a deep breath and enjoy the view and blast of fresh sea air. Now head to your right (most will go left and head for the Fort). When you hit the road you'll walk past an old, flat-roofed building, where Harry Cox lived, warden for Brean Down. Keep going and at the sharp right-hand bend, take the National Trust footpath to your left.

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In places the narrow path becomes very steep and will be muddy and slippery in wet weather. In the summer, you'll discover all sorts of plants which thrive on the thin limestone soils.

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Half way along the path you'll have to negotiate a stile then carry on down the path until you reach the road at the bottom.


At the road, turn right and head back to the car park and Cove Café for a refreshing cup of tea.

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Brean Down car park, grid ref: ST290590

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The ups and downs of Brean


A circular walk from the car park and up an initial steep climb up a flight of steps. When wet, the ground can be muddy and slippery in places on the way down, but you should be fine in trainers.

Dogs are welcome, but please keep them away from steep cliffs.

The ups and downs of Brean

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The ups and downs of Brean

How to get here

Brean, North Somerset, TA8 2RS
By train
Weston-super-Mare and Highbridge, then bus to Brean Down.
By road

From A370, between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, follow signs for Brean. 8 miles (13km) from M5, Junction 22.

By bus

First 112, Highbridge to Weston-super-Mare.

The ups and downs of Brean

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome under close control, especially near steep cliffs