walk named on list of UK's top ten walks
circular walk around the top of Brean Down has this week been
named as one of the UK's top ten walks by a national newspaper.
The Guardian has been running a series of articles about
the country's best places for hikers to pull on their walking
This week, it named the three mile walk around the top of the
Down - from Brean Cove to the wartime fort and back - as number
nine on its list of ten top National Trust walks.
Robert Stephens, a warden for the National Trust, which oversees
Brean Down, explains why the walk has been chosen in the top ten.
Down is a towering coastal peninsula nearly 100 metres high jutting
out into the Bristol Channel."
"The Down gives exhilarating views of the Bristol Channel,
Mendips, Somerset Levels, Quantocks and South Wales."
"Fossilised creatures such as arctic foxes, reindeer and
horses have been found in the sedimentary layers."
"Walking to the end of the Down is my favourite part of
the walk where the Victorian Fort slips into view, and descends
towards a very lively sea, creating violent rip tides. Go on a
windy day when you can blow all the cobwebs away!"
The other walks making the top ten include Morte Point in Devon,
North Antrim in Northern Ireland, Ringmore in South Devon, Penbryn
Beach in Ceredigion, Blakeney Freshes in Norfolk, Orford Ness
in Suffolk, Craster to Low Newton in Northumberland, and Porthgain
to Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire.