Brean Down winter walk

Walking trail

Enjoy a bracing walk this winter along one of the great landmarks of the Somerset coastline.

End your walk by the log fire at the cosy Cove Café

It’s a steep climb to the top, but the views out across the Bristol Channel make it well worth the effort. End the walk with a mince pie by a toasty log fire at the Cove Café.

Brean Down, coastal site, Somerset


Map route for Brean Down winter walk


Cove Café, grid ref: ST296588


Follow the road from the café towards the headland until you reach some fairly steep steps. These will lead you up onto the Down.

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Once on the Down, take the path to the left, along the southern slopes. In early summer look out for the white flowers of the rare white rock rose which flourishes in the thin limestone soils.

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Continue along the path until you come to the site of a Romano-Celtic temple. It was built in about AD 340, close to a Bronze Age burial mound. Rock from a quarry on the Down provided some of the stone for the building.


Further along the path you will come across the remains of a Celtic field system, a series of small rectangular fields.


Continue up towards the fort, which is located on a small hill. Here you can take a closer look at the remains of the fortifications and enjoy spectacular views across the Bristol Channel.

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From the fort make your way back along the other side of the Down to the site of the Iron Age hill-fort. Take a closer look at the banks and ditches before continuing along the path. Follow it round to the right. This will take you back to the steps and down to the café.

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Cove Café, grid ref: ST296588

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Brean Down winter walk


Steep at first, some steps and paths are grassy and rocky in places. Good footwear is advised. Height gain of 320ft (97m) over the walk. If on Brean beach (not National Trust) be aware of deep mud at low tide.

Cliffs are dangerous (children should be supervised). Keep an eye out for changes in the weather as there is little shelter on top of the Down.

Dogs should be kept under close control at all times.

Brean Down winter walk

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Brean Down winter walk

How to get here

Brean, North Somerset, TA8 2RS
By train
Highbridge station is 8.5 miles (13.7km) away. From here, take the 112 bus.
By road
Signposted from A370 from Weston-super-Mare to Highbridge, follow the Burnham and Berrow coast road. 8 miles (12.8km) from M5 junction 22.
By foot

A short walk along Berrow beach (not National Trust).

By bus

First (Avon) Service 102 and 112, Burnham – Brean – Weston-super-Mare.

Brean Down winter walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome under close control
  • End your walk with refreshments at the cosy Cove Café