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|Description ||Brent Knoll Hillfort, Somerset. ST341510.
This wonderful steep sided, flat topped hill rises 450 feet out of the Somerset Levels not far from the sea in Bridgwater Bay. Legend has it that it was created by the Devil when he was carving out Cheddar Gorge, and threw a handful of rock out towards the sea.
I have been meaning to get to the top of this hill for the best part of thirty years now, having passed it on the M5 a multitude of times, but never making time to stop and explore.
Over the years the knoll has been sculpted and adapted by man for various uses. Bronze Age and Iron Age people set up forts and encampments on the summit which became a focus for religious activity. The Romans built a temple and fortifications there, and referred to the hill as “The Mount of Frogs”. Legend claims this hill to be the site of Mons Badonicus, with its King Arthur connections. The Anglo-Saxons made good use of the Knoll, and on its eastern slopes is the site of a battle in AD875 when the Saxons drove away the Vikings. The Knoll was even used during the last world war by the Home Guard. Today it is still used for celebratory purposes, such as jubilee beacons, and indeed the name Brent is probably derived from an old word for beacon. I like the name Frog Island better !
This is the view from the northwest
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