Gravesend is a working town on the southern banks of the River Thames. The Town Pier is a curious mixture of working pier and leisure facility. A newly-built linkspan means that the Tilbury Ferry and pleasure craft like the PS Waverley can now easily dock at the pier, rather than a little further up the Thames Estuary. Huge container ships can be seen across the river, unloading at Tilbury Docks. This is the first pier in Kent I have visited for the project.
The posh restaurant on the pier also served a delicious slice of cheesecake with my tea.
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 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.