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The 7-mile stretch of sand and dunes that make up Brean beach lies just over two miles down the coast from Weston-super-Mare. It boasts one of the longest stretches of sand in Europe and at low tide a vast expanse of mud flats are exposed. It is however dangerous to walk too far out at low tide and there are warning signs about staying away from the mud flats on the beach.
The beach is popular with walkers, dog walkers and beach sport enthusiasts (both on and off the water).
Access to the beach is easy as there is plenty of parking both next to and literally on the beach in designated areas. Toilets and drinking water are available and there are usually snacks in the form of an ice cream vans and a burger van.
From the beach, Brean Down dominates the skyline. This 97 metre high headland stretches out into the sea, forming a natural pier. The more energetic may enjoy climbing up the down and will be rewarded with excellent views over the Bristol Channel and the Somerset Levels.
The down is also home to a number of interesting archaeological sites. There is evidence of the area having been inhabited in the Stone Age. The remains of a Roman temple have been excavated on the south side of the down whilst the remains of an Iron-Age fort lie on the east side.
At the summit, the remains of a 19th century fort, built to defend against a possible Napoleonic invasion, can be found.
Type of beach
Sand and mud flats
Dogs friendly beach?
OS grid ref.
ST 2958 5851
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