Brea Hill

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Coordinates: 50°33′26″N 4°55′34″W / 50.55719°N 4.92606°W / 50.55719; -4.92606

Looking south across Daymer Bay to Brea Hill
Looking east from Brea Hill across the golf course to St Enodoc's church
Looking east to Brea Hill from the River Camel

Brea Hill (Cornish: Bre, meaning hill), pronounced "Bray Hill" is a round hill beside the River Camel estuary in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom[1] The hill is 62 metres (203 ft) high[2] and there are Bronze Age tumuli (burial mounds) at the summit. The underlying geology in this area of Cornwall is Devonian slates.

Brea Hill is situated at the south end of Daymer Bay between the settlements of Trebetherick and Rock in the civil parish of St Minver Lowlands.[3] approximately five miles northwest of Wadebridge[1]

On the west side, Brea Hill rises straight from the foreshore; on the north and south it rises from low sand dunes. To the east, the dunes give way to a golf course and grassland with St Enodoc's Church (where the poet Sir John Betjeman is buried) just below the hill.

The South West Coast Path follows the west flank of the hill with an alternative route passing to the east.[2][4] Brea Hill is grassed and treeless (except for a small wooded area low on the south flank) with rough footpaths leading to the summit and burial mounds.[5]

Literary associations[edit]

Brea Hill features in the John Betjeman poem 'Back from Australia', where Betjeman uses the alternative spelling Bray Hill (Stepper is Stepper Point):

At home in Cornwall hurrying autumn skies

Leave Bray Hill barren, Stepper jutting bare,
And hold the moon above the sea-wet sand.
The very last of late September dies
In frosty silence and the hills declare

How vast the sky is, looked at from the land.


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  2. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Explorer map (scale 1:25000); Sheet 106 Newquay & Padstow ISBN 978-0-319-24016-8
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-09-13.  Cornwall Council online mapping. Retrieved June 2010
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-09.  South West Coast Path website. Retrieved June 2010
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-06-09.  Trebetherick website. Retrieved June 2010