Monday, February 27, 2017

Weston Super Mare - Somerset - England

My Travel Tales post today is another flashback but nowhere near as far back as some of my recent posts! It is a flashback to my Christmas 2016 trip to Somerset when on Boxing Day we made a trip down memory lane and visited Weston Super Mare somewhere none of us had been for years!

Weston-super-Mare is the biggest, and also one of the oldest resorts on the Somerset coast.

These resorts grew out of tiny fishing villages two hundred years ago, when the fashion in holidays and health cures changed from ‘taking the waters’ at inland spa towns like Bath, to sea bathing.

‘Weston-super-Mare’ sounds very grand, but it’s just medieval Latin for ‘Weston-on-Sea’, and that’s the most important thing about it.

The wonderful sweep of Weston Bay, with views over to Wales and down to Exmoor. It is a perfect huge space for many activities as it boasts the second highest tidal rise in the world and that’s why Weston-super-Mare has its piers.

Originally steamboat jetties, but then it was found that people just liked to walk out to sea on them just for fun. The Grand Pier was rebuilt in 2010 after suffering a fire.

The Pier provided me with interesting photo opportunities, not all shared here but lots of material for my photography blog. Very British and something that probably has not changed much over the years.

I hope you will enjoy your virtual visit today with the photos I have chosen to share.

Decking salvaged from the Grand Pier of  July 2008 has been recycled and used in various projects on the new pier. This includes seating on these land trains.

More Information about Weston-Super-Mare and the surrounding area can found by visiting the following links.

Trip Advisor    Visit Somerset    Wikipedia - Weston Super Mare


  1. awesome photos of your visit there. love the glimmer of the beach and the shadows of the people. sweet bear and that is really some awesome pier

  2. I've only passed through it and never got to explore it but we went on the beach at Brean and that was a wonderful beach.

  3. Beautiful -- so picturesque. We visited one pier kind of in that style, maybe Brighton Beach (?) ... I would have to look it up.

  4. I'm happy to see the considerable subtle element here!.


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