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BREAN DOWN

 

 

Brean Down is a promontory off the coast of Somerset, England, standing 318 feet (97 m) high and extending 1.5 miles (2 km) into the Bristol Channel at the eastern end of Bridgwater Bay between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea.

Made of Carboniferous Limestone, it is a continuation of the Mendip Hills. Two further continuations are the small islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. The cliffs on the northern and southern flanks of Brean Down have large quantities of fossils laid down in the marine deposits about 320–350 million years ago. The site has been occupied by humans since the late Bronze Age and includes the remains of a Romano-Celtic Temple. At the seaward end is Brean Down Fort which was built in 1865 and then re-armed in the Second World War.

Brean Down is now owned by the National Trust, and is rich in wildlife, history and archaeology. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to both the geology and presence of nationally rare plants including the white rock-rose. It has also been scheduled as an ancient monument

BREAN DOWN

 

 

Brean Down is a promontory off the coast of Somerset, England, standing 318 feet (97 m) high and extending 1.5 miles (2 km) into the Bristol Channel at the eastern end of Bridgwater Bay between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea.

Made of Carboniferous Limestone, it is a continuation of the Mendip Hills. Two further continuations are the small islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. The cliffs on the northern and southern flanks of Brean Down have large quantities of fossils laid down in the marine deposits about 320–350 million years ago. The site has been occupied by humans since the late Bronze Age and includes the remains of a Romano-Celtic Temple. At the seaward end is Brean Down Fort which was built in 1865 and then re-armed in the Second World War.

Brean Down is now owned by the National Trust, and is rich in wildlife, history and archaeology. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to both the geology and presence of nationally rare plants including the white rock-rose. It has also been scheduled as an ancient monument

comments (16)

Quite remarkable, then, isn't it! I really like your view here- showing it like a wale lifting out of the ocean!
Chris: The hill is a real feature of the landscape Elizabeth
This is a magnificent landscape of Brean Down Chris...
i enjoyed reading the great history about it... i hope that they preserve it for another million years
Chris: So do I peter - thanks!
this is a fine shot. i like the look into the distance from this high up vantage point, Chris. have a great year ahead!
Chris: Thank you kindly Ayush
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Jan 2015, 09:46
I rememeber swathes of bluebells here in the Spring, looking strange growing in a non-woodland habitat
Chris: Which probably proves there was once forest here Lisl
That is an excellent capture and quite unusual. Thank you for the history and geology lesson as well.
Chris: Taken from Bent Knoll near Bridgwater Suzanne, another grand feature on the flat Somerset landscape thereabouts
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jan 2015, 10:04
Brilliant, Chris.


But the foreground is brillianter.
Chris: I am obliged to you ole chum
Never too late to learn, interesting to read all this .
Chris: A pleasure Martin: worth a visit on a sunny day
The mention of fossils piqued my interest immediately but everything about it sounds like a winning destination. The lovely flat agricultural land is like a quilt. Very good post, Chris.
Chris: Thank you kindly Mary
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Jan 2015, 12:56
Our green and pleasant land!

Very unusual - and a bit of a cloud magnet!
Chris: I took this shot from Brent Knoll, another feature of the Somerset landscape Mike
Now this would really be an interesting place to visit and photograph... nicely done.
Chris: On the right day it's wonderful Jacquelyn
What a lovely outlook across the downs, that hill really seems out of place doesn't it.
Chris: It is the remains of a part of the Mendip hills Brian, worn away be time
I did wonder where you took the picture.
Chris: It's a virtually aerial view from the top of Brent Knoll Suzanne
Great view of it across the flatlands Chris. Sounds like a fascinating place by it's ancient history
Chris: On a clear day it's wonderful Janet
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 3 Jan 2015, 18:02
Patchwork quilt landscape
Chris: Quite so ole bean
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Jan 2015, 20:06
A fine view. I do recall a childhood holiday at Brean Sands; a Pontin's camp, I think. Never realised that this was a continuation of the Mendips.
Chris: Several million years ago, before you had the time of your life at Pontins, it was..
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Jan 2015, 14:10
What a lovely view. It sounds a fascinating place

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