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July 14, 2015 / Robert Crouch

Thursday, 09 July 2015 – Burnham and Brean

To celebrate the glorious weather we spent the day on the coast, starting with a gentle, meandering journey down Somerset’s B roads to Burnham on Sea. To me, it’s a town on the coast rather than a seaside resort. Despite the long sandy beach and promenade, there’s barely any hotels and little commercialism to support a resort.

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It’s a pleasant place with some interesting buildings, including a church with a leaning tower, but there’s little to draw and sustain visitors. It boasts the smallest pier in Britain, so I gave it the smallest visit – I walked straight past.

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At the northern end, dogs are allowed, giving Harvey the chance to run about on the sand, much to his delight.

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From here we headed north along the coast, passing through Bellow and Brean to Brean Down. Brean has more holiday parks and mobile home parks than you can shake a stick at. One after another, they line the shore with their regimented rows, allowing the occasional house to intrude along the way.

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Brean Down is a limestone headland that juts into the Bristol Channel.

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It’s a steep climb up some steps to the top, but the views are magnificent.

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There’s Weston super Mare to the north and Brean to the south, with views to the Mendips in the East.

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Despite the intense sun the temperature was bearable and Harvey walked with us to the end of the Down and back before we settled on the beach for a rest and a touch of sun.

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