Brent Knoll Hillfort
...the Mount of Frogs!
An iron age hillfort overlooking the Somerset levels between the villages of East Brent and Brent Knoll. A step back in time, imagine the way of life and see why this was an ideal place for a fort.
A limestone outcrop of the Mendip Hills dating from the Jurassic times 300 million years ago and rising some 450 ft from the Somerset Levels the hillfort once stood proud above the sea that lapped around it – a possible reason for the name ‘The Mount of Frogs’.
The levels have long since been drained and it is now possible to climb the knoll from either East Brent or Brent Knoll where signs will direct you to the path. At the top there are stone and rubble built ramparts surrounding the summit and an arrangement of bumps, lumps and hollows in the middle including a large crescent shaped mound. The entrance to the fort would have been from the North East and remnants of this can still be seen.
Rising high above the levels the view from the top is a full 360 degrees giving an magnificent uninterrupted panorama all around from Burnham on Sea and Weston Super Mare to Cheddar Gorge and over to Glastonbury Tor.
The view is well worth the trip and the exercise will build up an appetite for some local Somerset refreshments later!
Other attractions in the area:
Wookey Hole caves
East Somerset Railway
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015