GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brean Down

2 miles (4 km)

Explore this beautiful natural pier and enjoy wonderful coastal views on this walk on the Somerset coast. The promontory stands at 318 feet (97m) highand is a continuation of theMendip Hills. As such there is some climbing involved but you are rewarded with wonderful views of theBristol Channel, south Wales and Weston Super Mare. At the seaward end you will find Brean Down Fortwhich was built in 1865 and then re-armed in theSecond World War.
The area is a nature reserve and has an abundance of interesting flora and fauna. Look out for birds includingperegrine falcon,dunnock and kestrel. Butterfly species include chalkhill blue,dark green fritillary,meadow brown andmarbled white. In the summer months there are lots of pretty wildflowers and plants including Somerset hair grass,wild thyme,horseshoe vetchandbirds-foot-trefoil.
This circular walk starts at the car park and takes you to the fort, Howe Rock and Sprat Beach at the end of the promontory. You return on an alternative path. There is a cafe at car park where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
If you'd like to cycle to the reserve then you could follow National Cycle Network route 33 from Burnham-on-Sea or Weston-super-Mare.
The West Mendip Way starts from Uphill next to the down. You could pick this up and head to the nearby Bleadon Hill to extend your walk.
Just to the north of Weston-Super-Mare you will find the wonderful Sand Point. This is a similar area to Brean Down with a beautiful peninsula jutting out into the Bristol Channel.

Brean Down Postcode

TA8 2RS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Brean Down OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brean Down Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Goats on Brean Down

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Sunlight and Shadow on the Down

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Brean Down Fort

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View up the hill

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Bluebells and coast

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Birnbeck Island, Pier, Whorlbury at Weston Super Mare from Bean Down

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Fort from above

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Weston Super Mare

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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