Back in July there was local news that Clevedon Council could apply for World Heritage Site status for the seafront, and although haven’t heard any more about this recently, I’m hoping that they have.
It’s an interesting and on the face of it extraordinary step that would equate a smallish North somerset town few people outside the area have heard of with other world heritage sites. The beautiful pier is a key draw, and you quite often see the town featured in film and television – most recently Broadchurch with David Tennant, but the town has had a small but devoted following since the days of the great Victorian poets. Tennyson and Coleridge both lived here, and the locally famous Poet’s Walk coastal path is named in their honour. Much of the town, including the seafront, is little changed from Victorian times, full of quiet charms. There are many vantage points from which spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and to the Mendip Hills spread out in front of you. Try walking up (or down) the Zig Zag footpath between Hill Road and Dial Hill Road for some of the best. If you are here in the evening, join the photographers who line the seafront for the spectacular sunset shots across the estuary.
We have the fantastic Curzon Community Cinema, which is well worth a visit. All the current films in a beautiful original interior. Not to be missed. Great shops and cafes on Hill Road and in the town, and some lovely restaurants. And a great number of parks and footpaths which mean that no road is a dead end and no two walks are ever quite the same. The older streets are full of statuesque Victorian houses, in the main built by the merchants of Bristol, so embellished with individual architectural features which anyone who likes buildings will find delightful.
If you haven’t visited yet, you should. We are a 30 minute bus ride from Bristol. and a bus goes from Temple Meads station to the town. Don’t expect wild excitement, but if quiet charms are to your taste, you’ll love it.
And we may be a World Heritage site by the time you get here!