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Brent Knoll

Type:Viewpoint

Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4ED
Brent Knoll

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About

Known by the Romans as: "The Mount of Frogs," the Knoll is an outcrop of the nearby Mendip Hills. 137 meters high, (449 feet) it affords splendid views of the Polden Hills to the south, Glastonbury Tor to the east, the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge to the north east, the Bristol Channel and Wales to the west and the Quantock Hills to the south west. The Knoll dates from the Jurassic times of 300 million years ago when dinosaurs, primitive mammals and strange birds roamed the area. A warm, shallow sea washed around its slopes thus giving its other name of "Frog Island."
This outcrop of clays and limestone soon attracted primitive man as a secure and advantageous place. Subsequently Bronze Age and Iron Age peoples set up encampments on the summit which became a focus for religious activity and the Romans built a temple there. Roman coins of the Emperor Trajan (AD98 -117) and Septimus Severus(AD145 - 211) were found in an urn on the Knoll in 1610.
On its eastern slopes is the site of a battle in AD875 when the Saxons drove away the Danes.
Brent Knoll is a good place to walk up and take in the scenery or even have a wander around the village of Brent Knoll itself.

Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Open All Year

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Directions

Road Directions

Exit Weston-super-Mare via the A370 towards Burnham-on-Sea, before you reach the M5 roundabout for junction 22, Brent Knoll will be on the left.

Opening Times

Place to Visit (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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