My last pier visit today was to Britain’s shortest at Burnham-on-Sea, a few miles down the coast from Weston. It may be small, but it’s still interesting, particularly when the tide is lapping around its feet.
Despite its bantam size, Burnham still has a nice little café, so I was able to indulge in my tea and cake ritual here too.
Weston-super-Mare Birnbeck Pier is in a very sorry state. It’s not been open to the public since 1994 and has been gradually deteriorating while the owners and council argue about plans for redevelopment.
It’s crumbling nature also meant that there were no refreshments available nearby, so I missed having my tea and cake on the pier, but sat and drank some water in the shelter on the prom.
The second pier of my Somerset visit was Weston-super-Mare Grand. And it would seem it’s grand by name and Grand by nature these days. Refurbished and re-opened in 2010 after a devastating fire in 2008, it now boasts many indoor amusements, and modern facilities.
The Pierhead also boasts a fine restaurant which serves an excellent Cream Tea!
Yesterday I was staying in Great Malvern for a concert, so decided to spend time visiting some piers in North Somerset while not too far away. My first stop today was the lovely Victorian pier in Clevedon. It’s a classy location with a grand view across the Bristol Channel to Wales. The pier itself has been restored to its former glory and it now has Grade I listed status.
There’s a charming café on the Pierhead with a covered first floor building where you can admire the view across the water while enjoying a slice of cake and a cup of tea.