Brean Down Way Sustrans Route 33


The Brean Down Way is a new 8 mile walking and cycling route, which had been planned for many years. It has finally been constructed with the help of volunteers, grant money and assistance from the Environment Agency and local authorities. It opened in July 2017.



Uphill Marina

Brean Down Way Sustrans Route 33


The Brean Down Way is a new 8 mile walking and cycling route, which had been planned for many years. It has finally been constructed with the help of volunteers, grant money and assistance from the Environment Agency and local authorities. It opened in July 2017.

Where is it?

The route connects the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare with Brean Down.

It is mostly away from busy roads, except for a short stretch from the western end of the promenade to Uphill. For walkers and cyclists there is a alternative route along the beach from the end of the promenade to Uphill.

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What is it?

A mixed use route for walkers, cyclists etc. It coincides with Route 33, part of the National Cycle Network, started and managed by Sustrans.

It has also been designed with users of mobility scooters in mind.

Note: The track is narrow in places so please allow space for other users to pass.
Dogs should be kept on short leads and users of wheeled vehicles should give way to pedestrians.
Since the track goes through working pasture, in order to protect the livestock gates must be closed immediately after use.

Food and drink

There are several catering establishments along the route that sell food and drink. See map for locations.

Note: Some catering may not be available in winter months.

Car parking.

For visitors and holiday makers:

There is car parking along the promenade at Weston-super-Mare and more limited parking at Uphill marina.

There is also car parking at Brean Down.

Features along the route

Weston-super-Mare

Railway Station, beaches, shops and many cafes along the promenade.

Uphill

Marina and cafe, nature reserve.

Walborough

Nature reserve.

Bleadon Levels

Nature reserve. Great Bird Screen with bird hides. Birdwall

Brean

Berrow Sands and dunes, cafes and shops on Warren Road.

Brean Down

National Trust cafe and shop. Go on a journey through time — from Neolithic man to the peninsula's vital role defending the South West during the Second World War. Explore the steep slopes and sweeping pastures on Brean Down, home to a wide variety of rare plants and birds. There is alternative access to Brean Down on foot via steep steps.

History of the route

The River Axe runs into the sea at the south end of Weston Bay, forming a barrier to walkers and cyclists The old ferry has long since stopped running‘ and yachting makes a bridge impracticable.

The Environment Agency's road over its sluices has been closed to the public since it was built in the 1970s. Now, it is open, thanks to an agreement negotiated by North Somerset Council and Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd.

The Axe is home to a wide range of birds, including Redshanks. A screen has been built across the sluices, so that the birds are not disturbed by walkers and cyclists.

The route on the Weston side of the sluices has been constructed by North Somerset Council. On the Brean side funding has been raised and construction organised by volunteers of the charitable organisation Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, who coordinated the work of nearly 100 volunteers, and local contractors.

Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd was established in 2016 to help local groups to create new cycling and walking routes — and the Brean Down Way is the first that we have built. We are working with local volunteers to extend the Strawberry Line from Cheddar to Wells and Shepton Mallet.

Offical Opening of the Route

The Brean Down Way was offically opened on Friday 7th July by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw.
This film was made of the event.

Useful links:

Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd.

Love Weston.

Top 10 UK walks: Brean Down, Somerset (The Guardian)

Brean Down (National Trust)

The Strawberry Line

BetterByBike

Sustrans (National Cycle Network)

Useful list of some other cycle routes in England

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Easier access during the winter months:

GateOpening

Ownership of the Brean Down Way.

Parts of the path are privately owned by the charity “Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd”. The land owners have an obligation to maintain it. It is not maintained by the “local authority, Wessex Water, Environment Agency etc.” To ensure it is maintained requires volunteers and funds. If you are prepared to get involved please contact admin@breandownway.uk.

Sponsorship and Assistance

The generous help and assistance of the following, without which the Brean Down Way would not exist, is gratefully acknowledged:

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