My final pier today was the charming Boscombe, a few miles down the coast from its better known brother Bournemouth. It lwas late afternoon and there were still a few folks on the beach, but the deck chairs had already been packed away:
I didn’t find any tea and cake on the pier, either, so had to make do with a tub of tasty strawberry ice cream from the entrance café isntead.
After a little drive from Swanage, I soon arrived at Bournemouth, my penultimate pier for the day. It was a sunny afternoon with fluffy clouds above the golden sands. Plenty of people were out enjoying the sunshine.
The café at the pierhead served a tasty slice of apple pie and a decent cup of tea. Lovely.
After visiting the Pleasure Pier in Weymouth, my next stop of the day was a mile or so round the Bay to the Bandstand Pier. It is much truncated from its heyday, but still retains a little of its former Art Deco splendour.
Out front is a café and beach supplies shop which provided me with a tasty lemon tart and cuppa in a lovely seaside-themed mug.
My first pier of the day was the Pleasure Pier at Weymouth. It’s part of a working port and so isn’t very attractive, but there was a good vantage point for watching the Condor Catamaran sailing off to the Channel Islands (it has to back out of the harbour and turn around before heading pointy-end first).
There is no café at the end of the pier, but the Pavilion at the landward end has facilities for a cuppa and a slice of cake.