Wednesday 31st July 2024, 11:00am-2:00pm

Brean Down


  • John Connolly
  • 01823 274272 or 07721 185696

51.321561038545, -3.0106426477869

Brean Down

At the western end of the Mendips, jutting into the Bristol Channel, the National Trust’s Brean Down can be somewhat windswept at times but on a good day is an idyllic site.

It’s a fairly long walk to Brean Fort and back but as it’s a “there and back” walk it’s easy to turn around at any point if you don’t have time for the full walk.

We will have a short break (normally near the fort), so please bring some lunch with you.

Walk Leader: John Connolly. 

Chalk Hill Blue (male/upperwing) - Iain Leach
Chalkhill Blue

Target species: Chalkhill Blues plus Dark Green Fritillary, Brown Argus and Grayling, Marbled Whites and other species as well as some interesting flora.

Directions: Meet at the National Trust Pay & Display car park near Cove Cafe at OS Grid ref ST 296 584.    (Nearest postcode is TA8 2RS).  

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Car Parking: Pay & Display carpark. Should be free parking for National Trust Members (bring your NT membership card).

Public toilets: Next to Brean village hall  (junction of Weston Rd, Church Rd & Warren Rd). Also, toilets at NT cafe (10am - 5pm).

National Trust website:  Brean Down

Information that applies to all our guided walks

  • New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details (email and/or phone) are on the left hand side of this event page.
  • There is no charge for the walks. Children and beginners are especially welcome.
  • Butterfly Conservation members from other branch areas are welcome to join us.
  • No dogs please as some of the sites have livestock on them.
  • Except where indicated, all walks start promptly at 11.00 am; please take care to arrive in good time.  They are taken at an easy pace and we aim to finish around 1.00 - 1.30 pm.
  • Many sites include steep, rough or wet ground so stout shoes, boots or wellies are recommended. Please inform the walk leader if you have health problems that might affect you on the walk.
  • Please be aware of the growing risk of Lyme Disease and take appropriate precautions against ticks. (click here for more information about ticks and Lyme disease)
  • If the weather is wet or unseasonably cold and dull, the walk will be cancelled. If you have a query about the walk please phone the Walk Leader.