We headed out to Brean Down on the Somerset coastline. The Down is 1.5 miles long and 100m above sea level at its highest point and nestled between two beautiful beaches: Weston Super Mare and Brean Sands.
Our adventure was to walk to the end of the Down to visit Brean Fort, built in 1870 as part of a chain of forts along the Bristol Channel to protect against the French invasion. The Fort is steeped in history and the kids loved exploring. It’s well intact remains including the site of a Roman Temple, an Iron Age hill fort and WW2 machine gun emplacement point.
Best of all, it’s free to explore!
We visited at the end of May and the Down was carpeted in Bluebells and seemed to be a haven for caterpillars and birds.
Our starting was the National Trust carpark (£2 parking and cafe/shop/toilet facilities) overlooking Brean sands beach.
Brean Down Road
Our walk took us a leisurely 2.5 hours. Here’s how we got on…
We started in the car park and headed up the steps to the top of the Down.
Our walk was a beautiful one and full of exciting places to discover and explore. We finished our walk where we had started and bought ice creams from the shop and played on the beach. We will most certainly be revisiting this gorgeous spot to spend more time there.