Travellers Tales From The English Coast

A placid air had swept through town and once again the​ bay was a​ picture of​ calm. Children played upon the​ shore as​ the​ gentle waves lapped about the​ beach. Gulls swooped overhead,​ their merry chatter a​ sure sign that spring was in​ the​ air and warmer times here for all.

Across the​ bay a​ narrow strip of​ sand had defied the​ tide and stood as​ dry land. Hundreds of​ seabirds took refuge,​ safe from predators. a​ whole community chatted amongst themselves,​ discussing the​ options for lunch. the​ clouds that had earlier looked so threatening had now subsided; the​ bay was soaked in​ sunshine.

Burnham-On-Sea is​ a​ quiet little coastal town in​ south-west England inside the​ county of​ Somerset. Within easy reach of​ the​ M5 motorway,​ Burnham-On-Sea is​ a​ very popular resort with owners of​ caravans and motor homes.

A quick glance along the​ shore revealed Burnham-On-Sea’s most recognisable landmark,​ the​ beach lighthouse. It’s unusual in​ that it’s actually built on​ the​ sand itself. Originally found to​ be too low down to​ emit its light effectively,​ they decided to​ raise the​ lighthouse on​ stilts. It’s still in​ use today,​ helping keep ships safe in​ the​ Bristol Channel.

Burnham-On-Sea has grown from a​ tiny residential village with a​ couple of​ sand tracks to​ a​ popular seaside resort. the​ completion of​ the​ Haven caravan park confirmed its place on​ the​ map and resulted in​ a​ tourism boom.

In the​ early days sea defences were non-existent,​ leaving the​ village open and vulnerable to​ flooding. Though rare,​ flooding would cause devastation,​ the​ worst of​ which hit the​ town in​ the​ early part of​ the​ 17th century resulting in​ severe damage and heavy casualties.

At a​ cost of​ £7.5 million,​ the​ sea wall now provides Burnham-On-Sea with a​ safe and stable environment for both her residents and visitors. I left the​ seafront and headed inland towards the​ high street. I was greeted by the​ usual mishmash of​ shops. Hidden amongst the​ tacky seaside souvenir stores were some genuinely interesting shops.

I entered a​ cosy little bookshop and quickly scanned the​ shelves for anything of​ interest. My eye was drawn to​ the​ travel section. Unfortunately the​ rather chubby shop assistant provided something of​ an​ obstacle stood directly in​ front of​ the​ shelves.

In the​ greatest of​ British traditions I decided not to​ inconvenience him and so feigned interest in​ the​ cookery books whilst waiting for him to​ move. Mind you,​ I did find a​ cracking recipe for a​ curry.
Travellers Tales From The English Coast Travellers Tales From The English Coast Reviewed by Henda Yesti on September 09, 2018 Rating: 5

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