A haven for nature lovers and the outdoorsy types – Brean Down is a National Trust site which, from the top, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Brean, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea, and Weston-super-Mare. If you’re lucky enough to be greeted with the southern sunshine, you’ll also be able to see coastal views across to South Wales.
Goats, ponies, and cattle graze on the down, and you can also see the ancient fort, known as Brean Down Fort. Steeped in history, these ancient buildings have been in place since the mid 1800s. The walk is steep, but if you do have mobility issues, a new, all-terrain mobility scooter that can go ‘off road’ has arrived at Brean Down, so you can still enjoy a great day out with the family (pre-booking is essential).
Just like here with us, the Down is pet-friendly and dogs are extremely welcome (and encouraged). However, due to grazing animals and steep drops, it is essential they are kept on a lead at all times. Don’t worry if you forget the picnic basket, either, because at the bottom of the Down is a National Trust shop and café, with toilets, and a car park (charges apply).
Just a few hundred yards from our entrance you will find Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve, which is part of the much larger Berrow Dunes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It’s located next to a National Nature Reserve and Bridgwater Bay, which is a wetland habitat of international importance.
The sand dunes lie between the high water mark and the Coast Road reaching a height of 15 metres. They have been formed from sand carried inland from the extensive tidal flats and beaches by the prevailing westerly winds.
During the Second World War, structures – known as pillboxes – were built across Somerset, including along the coast, to offer protection for soldiers guarding the land. One pillbox can be found in the north western corner of the reserve and another lies just outside the southern boundary.
The England Coast Path
But don’t just enjoy this stretch of coast, why not explore further?
The 93 km (58 mile) stretch of the England Coast Path from Brean Down to Minehead, where it joins the South West Coast Path, is now open to the public, and looking to the future, On 25 July 2019, Natural England submitted a report to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved access to the coast between Aust and Brean Down.
With the starting point of this route just a mile away from us, we are the perfect base for a walking holiday, and can now offer the advantage of a luggage transfer service from, or onto, your next destination.
Saint’s Taxis in Burnham-on-Sea are available to be pre-booked to transport your luggage for you to save you carrying it, making a walking holiday a really stress free and easy option, via https://www.luggagetransfers.co.uk/south-west. All collections are after 9.15am and are usually delivered to your destination before 4.30pm.
We offer a range of special accommodation offers throughout the quieter months on both hired and touring accommodation, so take a look at our website to make your booking now!