Brean Down

Brean Down is one of the landmarks of the Somerset coastline between Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare.

This limestone headland is owned and managed by the National Trust. 



The 1.5 mile (4km) circular route along the Down follows short turf. The fort and down are reached by a steep climb from the car park. The cliffs are extremely steep and for this reason NT request that dogs are kept on leads at all times.

Key Species

Butterflies: Chalkhill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Brown Argus, Small Skipper, Large Skipper.

Moths: Cream-spot Tiger. 

Walk leaflet

For further information, please download our walk leaflet.

Species you may see

Please check the flight times for any species you particularly want to see.  (species pages)

March & April


May & June

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July & August





Nearest motorway junction:  M5, J 22 (Burnham-on-Sea).   (approx 8 miles).

Follow signs to Brean village and then continue along the coast road (Warren Road) to the end (Brean Down).



There is a Pay & Display car park at the bottom of the Brean Down near the NT cafe.

Parking Charge: £6 all day (April 2022). 

Please note, the pay and display machine accepts coins only, card payment can be made via the PayByPhone app. 

Parking should be free for National Trust members.

Public Transport

The nearest bus stop is at Brean village hall (approx. 1.5 miles).

Bus route: 20  (Weston-super-Mare to Burnham).

Check bus times:


The NT owned, Cove café is at the start/finish point.

The cafe also has toilet facilities  (normally open 10am – 4pm).


Other toilets:

Brean Beach carpark - Warren Road

Brent Knoll – Brent Street 


 Apex Park;  South Esplanade (Tourist Information Centre);  Oxford St;  Crosses Penn.


Useful links

National Trust - Brean Down


Brean Down Way (Cycle route 33)


Trampers for Hire

Two all-terrain mobility trampers that can go ‘off road’ are available to hire at Brean Down. So even if you have difficulty walking, you can still enjoy a great day out and amazing views with the family.  See NT website for full information:


Brean Down Gallery

These photos have been provided by our members during their visits to Brean Down.

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