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Brean Down

Somerset, ENGLAND

Climbs 70 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features
South-facing limestone sea cliff, with a range of mainly harder routes. Excellent winter venue. Rock quality good, despite reports of the opposite. Some bolt protected climbs on the back wall of the Boulder Cave.

Access notes
Tidal. The base of most of the cliffs can be reached except within one or two hours of high tide.

From the A38 or M5 jct 22, take the B3140 to Burham-On-Sea and Berrow from where a minor road runs northwards to a car park below the Down. Don't be tempted to drive across the sands to the base of the cliffs themselves - your car will get stuck, and the tide will do the rest.

The routes at the back wall of Boulder Cave can be reached by abseil at any state of the tide.

The National Trust owns Brean Down and asks climbers to avoid the sand 'cliff' and the rocks adjacent to it, where archaeological finds have been discovered recently
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Weather forecast

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0.2mm rain
Sunny periods
17 °C
15 kph

0.3mm rain
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18 °C
11 kph

0.0mm rain
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19 °C
16 kph

0.4mm rain
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20 °C
15 kph

1.9mm rain
Sunny periods
19 °C
15 kph
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Guidebooks
South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012), West Country Climbs (2010), Avon and Cheddar (2004), Avon and Cheddar (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Lone SharkE3 6a 1
2Lend-a-handHS 4a 1
3Borrowed TimeE1 5c  
4Inwardly ExtrovertS 1
5Do you get Vouchers with This?5c 58
6Brean Dream6b 370
7Kraken6c 328
8Bikini Atoll6c+ 195
9Coral Sea6c 465
10Chepito7a **421
11Pearl Harbour7a *431
12Tide Rising7b+ 188
13Three Snaps to HeavenE6 6a 3
14TorpedoE2 5b 4
15Vets' Wall7b 9
16Sargasso Seamonster7a+ 13
17Achtung Torpedo!E5 6b  
18A Heavy Read6b 34
19Clashing Socks7b 99
20KamikazeE5 6a  
21Black Snake Moan8a **37
22Brean Topping8b ***16
23Storm Warning7c+ ***73
24Storm Warning Variation8a **28
25Chulilla7b+ ***158
26Prisoner of Conscience7b+ *58
27The Guilt Edge7c *24
28Prisoner of Bullworker7c+ **14
29The Milky Bar Kid8a ***17
30Bullworker7c **51
31Global Solutions7c **14
32El Chocco7c ***84
33The Root of Inequity7a+ *153
34Casino Royale7b+ 14
35Yer Yella!E5 6a **6
 Climb nameGradex
36Leaving Hanoi6c 7
37Leaving Aviva7a+ 2
38What the Hell is a Womper?6b+ 3
39Distant VoicesE3 6a *3
40Pinnacle CracksS 3
41Cove areteE6 6b **2
42Great CornerE2 5a *11
43Eso Ego WallE5 5c 1
44The Tennis Elbow ClubE5 6a 1
45Bones ChimneyE4 5c *2
46Cyclops SlabHVS 4c *28
47Brean Team SpecialE6 6b ***1
48Cyclops GatepostVD 2
49Pretty Boy FloydE2 5a 2
50Idiot WindE1 5a 4
51Force TenE4 6a **2
52Iraqi War MachineE6 6b **1
53Brean MachineE5 6b ***3
54Arthur Scargils Hair PieceE1 5b 1
55Chepito / Coral Sea Variant7a+ *2
56Castro's cornerHS 1
57The Manly option7c **3
58Rip tide7a+ **4
59The LevellerE5 6a 2
60Pandora's BoxVS 4c **60
61Crack o'DiamondsE3 6a 2
62Throwaway SocietyE5 6a 2
63Unhalfbricking.D 3
64Matty Groves.M 2
65Leige and Lief.S 1
66L'Attraction Fatale7c ***4
67Snakes 'n' Wankers8b *1
68Chuli Did It7c ***1
69Cycle of Despair8a+ **2
70Despair7c+ 2
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a truely perfect winter venue from today's experience.
Stanners - 11/Jan/12

Great crag look forward go returniv and gettng some more quality routes. Is this crag a bit soft though?
Goonie - 14/Jun/10

Despite fear of making this crag even busier, I have to say Brean has again offered a still and dry spot while the rest of the UK suffered from howling winds and heavy bands of rain. Thank you microclimate.
Jon_Warner - 22/Nov/08

"... not strictly speaking sport climbs..." There's a fine collection of safe-as-houses sport routes. Well worth the trip - check out Mark Glaister's article on this website.
Jus - 01/Jul/05

the fort crags are well worth checking out although only about 30ft in height the rock quality is superb, excellent textured rock superb friction and good gear. A nice esoteric spot.
dylan burgess - 25/Aug/04

Cyclop's Slab (HVS), contrary to many guide books, has no stake or tree belays anymore, except a very long way away. Make sure you have plenty of spare rope, or a spare.
Mark Maynard - 27/Nov/02