Sunday, August 13, 2006

Weston-Super-Mare

We visited this Victorian seaside town on Saturday to celebrate Kay's 80th Birthday. We also took some time during the evening to walk out on the Grand Pier and have a drink on the seafront.

The Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare

Weston could also be called Birmingham-on-Sea because it is traditionally the closest seaside town to the center of the country and, because of the railways, became a favorite day trip destination from Birmingham and the industrial Midlands during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Although Weston has seen better days, the place was surprisingly vibrant on a (cool) August Saturday evening. The Grand Pier, which is privately owned, is a marvellous throwback to times past. The entry to the pier is free and the "attractions" are many. But perhaps the best attribute of the pier is its ability to provide access to "fresh sea air", something that must have been especially wanting to all those Brummies escaping for the day from brass foundries, steelworks and family workshops.

The tides at Weston are typical of the Severn Estuary in that they have a huge range. Early in the afternoon we couldn't see the sea, by the time the sun was setting the tide was almost all the way in. The beach is not exactly sandy, more like silty at the top but muddy further down.