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Having not been to Brean for a while, Wendy and I decided to take a trip.
Shadow does love the wide open space of the sand, so at 7am on the 5th of March Zach, Lauren, Wendy, Shadow and I set off on a 137 mile trip to the beach.

The journey was uneventful, although it rained most of the way down the M5 motorway.

Brean beach isn’t one for swimming as when the tide is high the beach is closed completely. When the tide is low, the waters edge is about a mile out. But it is very popular for walking dogs, flying kites, horse riding and land yachting.

Walkers on the beach

Walkers on the beach – Our car is the lower one of the two on the beach

Footprints and Pawprints

Footprints and pawprints

Going to investigate the rocks

Going to investigate the rocks

Although sunny by the time we arrived, being Spring, it was still quite cold so we weren’t wearing your average beachware.

Lauren, Zach and Shadow

Lauren, Zach and Shadow

Plenty of seaweed, which lauren is not keen on

Plenty of seaweed, which Lauren is not keen on

But they both love climbing on the rocks

But they both love climbing on the rocks

Wendy and Shadow on the biggest peice of driftwood I have ever seen!

Wendy and Shadow sitting on the biggest piece of driftwood I have ever seen!

A bit of rock climbing practice

A bit of rock climbing practice

After a quick wander around the base of the cliffs, we started to climb up the hill.

Lauren Zachary Wendy walk up steps up the Down.

Lauren Zachary Wendy walk up steps up the ‘Down’.

Shadow looking on as Lauren and Wendy walk up the steps

Shadow looking on as Lauren and Wendy walk up the steps

Nearly there!

Nearly there!

On arriving at the top of the steps we get to walk along this

looking along the ridge on Brean Down

Looking along the ridge on Brean Down

Along the way you do get views of the long open beach

Looking out across the Brean sands

Looking out across the Brean sands

Last time Wendy and I came, there were a small herd of cows here.
Now there is a few pony’s grazing freely. Lauren immediately said that she must feed them, the irony that they have been feeding on the surrounding grass long before she arrived, was completely lost on her.

Lauren feeding horse

Lauren feeding horse

Lauren trying to feed another pony

Lauren trying to feed another pony

Posing Pony

Posing Pony

At the very end of the walk is a Victorian Barracks.

Victorian Barracks

Victorian Barracks

It is an artillery battery from the mid 19th century that protected the Bristol Channel from the threat of French Invasion. The French never invaded (this time), but the battery remained. After the First World War, the barracks were used as a cafe for day trippers who had walked along the Down.

The last use of the site was during the Second World War as a lookout post.

This was the first time Wendy’s two children have been to Brean and they loved it, as far as teenagers go.

We will definitely be back….

 

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