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Very Pleasant Town.
Burnham-on-Sea in general
Member Name: daseaford
Burnham-on-Sea in general
Date: 17/12/01, updated on 17/12/01 (128 review reads)
Advantages: Good seaside resort.
Disadvantages: Quiet at night.
We stayed at Burnham-on-Sea for a week, in a caravan during October. On the first day we walked from the caravan park along the sea front into the centre of the town.
Our first impression was that the place seemed to be abandoned as we hardly saw any other people, but this was only along the sea front. On our way back we walked through the shopping area of the town which is centred around a road which runs parallel to the sea front, about 100 metres back from the front.
This is a bustling shopping centre with a good variety of shops and quite a number of places to have a drink or a meal. In this shopping area it is a pleasant change for a seaside resort not to have shop after shop selling cheap, tacky gifts and souvenirs. There are a whole selection of small independent shops selling a whole variety of different and interesting products.
On the sea front there are a couple of amusement arcades, but these do not spoil the front at all. There is also a very small pier, and a wide promenade all the way along the front.
There is an enormous beach that goes on for seven miles from Burnham-on-Sea to Berrow and Brean Sands. However the sea water looks absolutely filthy and certainly not what I would want to swim in. As well as looking very dirty, there was a green layer of “something” along the edge of the water. Obviously I have been watching too many of The Simpsons TV programmes as my first thought was that this had something to do with the Hinkley Point nuclear power station that you can see in the distance. I suppose the water is so dirty looking at Burnham as it is at the mouth of the River Severn and this must be all of the silt that comes down with the river water.
When you look out to sea from Burnham across the Bridgwater Bay towards the Bristol Channel you can see a lot of land. To the right you look at South Wales and to the left North Devon. This does give a very sheltered area and a calm sea.
he town has a very good feel to it and everybody is very friendly. There are plenty of places for walks around the town and a stroll up the wide open beach is very pleasant. At the north end of the town there is a wooden lighthouse on the beach which has replaced the old stone lighthouse that is a few hundred yards inland. The old lighthouse has been converted into a private house and I am very jealous as it has always been a wish of mine to live in an old converted lighthouse.
Burnham is an old Victorian resort and although it is still a small resort it is situated in a great position for visiting the many attractions in Somerset. Also it is very easy to get to, being just a couple of miles from Junction 22 on the M5 motorway.
The town also has a swimming pool, library, sports centre and cinema, together with a good selection of pubs and restaurants.
We enjoyed our stay at Burnham. It is not the place to come to if you want to go night clubbing or live the high life, but for a very relaxing break in a very pleasant town then I can recommend Burnham-on-Sea.