Burnham on Sea Things to Do
Britain's Shortest Pier
Talk a short walk off a short pier.
This is Britain's shortest pier. It was built between 1911-1914, it is one of the UK's oldest illuminated seaside piers and was the first concrete structure of its kind in Europe. When it was first built engineers from around Britain came to marvel at it.
It's a novelty and charming at the same time.Related to:
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Take a look at the Wooden Lighthouse
When we arrived at Burnham-on-sea the tide was out and so this gave us a great opportunity to walk out to the lighthouse on legs that is situated on the beach. The wooden lighthouse is one of three in the town, and this one was built in 1832 to complement the Trinity tower lighthouse.
The three lighthouses aid navigation at sea and guide ships to the port of Bridgwater (Dunball) approximately seven mile up the River Parrett.
It is painted white, with a single vertical red stripe on its front face, and is 9m tall with a conical roof and mounted on 9 oak pilings.
It still remains an active aid to navigation and is visited by many thousands of walkers every year.Related to:
Mulberry Harbour Blocks on the beach
I am a bit of a WWII buff and so if you have a similar interest then there is something very special to see on the beach at Burnham-on-sea.
If the tide is out, and you are walking towards the wooden lightyhouse on legs, then you should come across some strange looking concrete block which are partially hidden in the sand.
These block are of great significance to the success to the WWII D-Day landings in Normandy onn 6 June 1944. The blocks are the remains of 30 large concrete blocks which formed part some of the man-made Mulberry Harbours used to land troops and machinery in France.
To look at these blocks brings back memories of my travels to Normandy and especially to Arromanches-les-Bains, where you can still see the remains of one of the Mulberry harbours today.
Fascinating lumps of concrete which are passed by unnoticed everyday by beachcombers and dog walkers alike.Related to:
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Bay View Cafe: Ice Cream Sundaes
After a walk to the wooden lighthouse and a lunchtime picnic, it was time to have one of our favourite seaside treats.
The Bay View Cafe served up two splendid ice cream sundaes ... that were consumed too quickly for me to get a photo of.
Other seaside revelers were enjoying tasty fish and chip lunches, but we stuck to the dessert menu.Related to:
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Burnham on Sea Warnings and Dangers
Watch out for the soft sand and mud
The beaches are wonderful but the soft sand and mud flats can be dangerous.
Take care not to go out too far when the tide is out and heed the danger signs and advice from the beach lifeguards.
It shouldn't stop you having fun, but let's keep safe.Related to:
Danger on the beach
One evening we decided to visit the sea front at Burnham on Sea. We watched the local lifeboat crew practising launching the boat into the sea. We stood there admiring the crew giving up their time to help others. We thought no more about this until the past couple of weeks when we saw in the news that a number of people had to be rescued by the lifeboat crew after they took their cars on to the local beaches and were caught out by the very fast rising tide in this area. The clue to force of the sea is the local sea defence walls that have been constructed at vast expense.
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Burnham on Sea Off The Beaten Path
A plaque on the sea defense wall commemorates the towns links with the WWII Battle of the Atlantic 1940-1944.
The UK was very short of destroyers after Dunkirk and so gratefully accepted the "gift" of 50 US destroyers. One of these ships was the USS Aulick, which was renamed HMS Burnham.
HMS Burnham - which was named after both Burnham-On-Sea in the UK and Burnham in Pennsylvania - spent the better part of four years escorting convoys across the Atlantic.
The plaque celebrates the splendid dinner, from sparse rations, that he town gave the crew in 1944.Related to:
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