Postcards From Somerset | Brean Down

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This is the third and final instalment of posts on why I love Somerset so much. On our last day there, we went for a long 3 mile walk up, across and back down Brean Down, and stumbled across some old ruins dating back to the mid 1800’s…

The steep steps up the hill reminded me of how flipping unfit I have become. Gone are the days of hitting the gym every day and eating well… but this walk made me realise I need to get my ass into gear and do something about it. Once I’d huffed and puffed my way up the hill, we walked across the down, looking over to the sea at one side and Weston-super-Mare the other.

I love how fresh and peaceful I felt up there. It was pretty windy as it’s such an open place but that’s to be expected. Even the trees had adapted to the extreme weather up there. No one was around and it was amazing to just look around and take in the views. Views of rolling hills and seeing green as far as the eye could see; a stark difference to grey, bleak and flat Essex.

We walked for around an hour and a half, till we reached what looked like the end of the walk. We walked up a steep hill, expecting to reach the edge of a cliff, and instead could see a collection of buildings sat right on the edge of the hill. And what did we do? Go and explore of course!

On the walk down, I slipped in a dodgy looking brown patch and fell straight on my bum. Good job no one was around, because MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT. I did look around but thankfully no one was about.  The said dodgy patch could have come from a family of mountain goats we saw clinging onto the edge of the cliff. I’ll let it go this time though considering how cute they all looked huddled together.

What we had stumbled on was Brean Down Fort. The site has a long history because of its prominent position on the cliff. Without turning this into a history lesson for you… the earliest recorded settlement is from the Early to Middle Bronze Age. The buildings that are there now were constructed in the 1860s to provide protection to the ports of the Bristol Channel, but was abandoned in 1901. During WW2 it was rearmed and used for experimental weapons testing. The site has been owned since 2002 by the National Trust and is open to the public 365 days of the year. Phew.

There’s a cute family selfie of my dad, nan and I for you. Make up free and au natural hair… interesting. We took the easier flat path back down Brean Down and took cover from the brisk windy weather in the car. We walked around 3 miles, there and back, and were out for about 3 hours. If you’re local or visiting Somerset, I’d thoroughly recommend a trip here!

Incase you missed my other Somerset posts, here’s my:

Tiffany’s Edwardian Tea Room review & Weston Sand Sculpture festival review!

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  1. October 12, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Somerset looks beautiful and really calm, I think I know where to go on my next road trip ♥

    • October 13, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      It really is! I love it there and appreciate it so much more now that I'm older xxx

  2. October 12, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Hope you didn't hurt yourself! haha

    And that makes two of us, need to get back in shape asap! This weather is not helping though :p

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • October 13, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      I'm bruised but it'll heal… haha! No the weather makes me want to hibernate 100% xxx

  3. rebeccalikestotravel
    October 12, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Look at those views! I love to be by water & this looks like a wonderful spot.
    Bee |

    • October 13, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      Beautiful, isn't it?! I'd love to go there again. It really is a beautiful place 🙂 xxx

    • October 13, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      aw thank you so much! 🙂 it really is beautiful there. haha i'm fine now thank you! xxx

  4. October 12, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Somerset looks so beautiful and the pictures you've taken are so pretty! I'm such a history nerd, so I'll definitely have to visit Brean Down!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

    • October 13, 2015 / 3:47 pm

      it really is 🙂 aww thank you so much! i'm not really into History but I find it super interesting visiting places! xxx

  5. October 13, 2015 / 8:37 am

    Lovely pictures! Such a beautiful place.
    The Rad Wife

  6. October 13, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Omg super gorgeous pictures!

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    • October 13, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      it really is! haha they are super cute looking so I'll forgive them, this time :p xxx

  7. October 13, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I've always wanted to visit the English countryside and places like Somerset. It looks stunning. Hope your bum is feeling better 😉

    xx Yasmin

    • October 13, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      The english countryside really is a beauty! very underestimated. haha yes it's fine now!! xxx

  8. October 14, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Such an amazing place! Never been there but your photos litterally speaks by themselves! I really need to visit soon! thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Tamara xxx

    • October 14, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      it really is a wonderfully peaceful place xxx

  9. October 14, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Those cliffs are gorgeous, not sure how close I'd be able to get to the edge though eek! Also, I love the selfie of you, your dad and your nan, so cute!

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    • October 14, 2015 / 6:08 pm

      aren't they just?! 🙂 I just think it's incredible really. Aww hehe, thank you! xxx

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