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.
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.