Somerset summer sunsets

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Beautiful summer’s evening yesterday, so what better to do than take a walk along the sea front to the open evening on the pier.

Great opportunity for some differently lit photos of Clevedon – the pier usually closes late afternoon so you don’t usually get the chance to see the buildings bathed in the low evening sunshine. I likes the snap through one of the windows around the seats at the end of the pier, which make a very literal frame.

The pier is worth visiting. Restored to its Victorian glory, it isn’t showy or flash but a great place to see views from the River Severn suspension bridge down to the North Devon coast and across to Wales. You can get refreshments in the Pagoda cafe, and gifts and cards in the tollhouse.

They have plans to improve the facilities without detracting from character of the pier, so it’ll be interesting to see how things develop. The conversion of the old hotel adjoining the pier into flats is moving along now, although there still looks like a great deal to do, and the old Campbells landing pub opposite is due to be updated and realunched under new ownership. There is some local controversy and concern about the conditions of the licence – will rowdy crowds be attracted to the town, to spoil the peace and atmosphere? I doubt there will be a massive negative impact, as people who want nightlife will head for Bristol or Weston Super Mare, I would imagine, but of course it’s good to ask questions about what is intended. An extra restaurant could be an asset …

Anyway, if you don’t know Clevedon, or haven’t visited for a while, and are in or around North Somerset, do pop in. The next pier open evening is 15 August – with free entry.

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