Glorious Countryside & Kite Flying Fun at Brean Down!
Brean Down’s history can be traced right back to 10,000 BC when woolly mammoths roamed the area. Settled since the Stone Age, there are signs of the early settlers to be seen in the ancient field systems and the archaeological remains of a Roman temple located near the steps on Brean’s south side. The banks and ditches of an Iron Age hill-fort on the east side are also visible, and one of the Palmerston Forts, built at Brean Down in the 1860s, was used during World War II for weapons testing.
The beach itself is worth the visit regardless of the history, with a natural pier that’s 1.5 miles long. The Down is 97m high and has a spectacular view over the Bristol Channel towards south Wales and over the Somerset Levels – making it a wonderful place to go for an invigorating walk.
Just 7 miles drive from Lakeside, Brean Down is a great place to get away and unwind far from the stresses of everyday life – just let the history and nature of the place surround you. There are wild goats that enjoy playing on the rocks, and it’s a natural breeding place for peregrine falcons. Growing on the southern slopes there are three rare plants – the white rock rose, dwarf sedge and Somerset hair grass.
There are some delightful events taking place in September at Brean Down such as the Kite Festival on September 27 (10am to 4pm), which is held on the beach. Kite enthusiasts will be on hand to share their flying tips with you, so take your own kite along, or you can get one when you get there. When you arrive at the car park, Brean Down’s rangers will meet you to guide you to where the fun is happening – you will recognise them by their bright red clothing. If you’re late, don’t worry, you can just follow the sight of the kites in the air.
The car park is pay and display, but free for National Trust members and that, along with the café and toilets are easily accessible and have disabled facilities. Pushchairs and wheelchairs that do not have all-terrain tyres might not be able to get to the beach, so bear that in mind if you’re planning a visit.
On September 13, there is the ‘Brean Down Challenge’ – multi-terrain 5 and 10k races that start at the foot of Brean Down, go up to the fort and then back to the finish. The races start at 10:00am and registration opens at 9am for competitors to collect their race numbers on the day. Created by Aspire Running Events, the races will award a unique medal to all runners who finish the course, and Cotswold Outdoor, the affiliated partner, will be providing spot prizes to the timed races.
You can enjoy a snack at the Café and buy memorabilia at the shop. Brean Down is open from dawn to dusk all through the month of September, but the café’s service depends on the weather.
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