Clevedon, Somerset, a great place to photograph.

Almost gone - Just as its setting behind the Welsh horizon a passing ship silhouettes itself against the quickly fading sun.

Spent a night at Clevedon, Somerset on my travels, and as any photographer will know, location is only half the battle, weather being the other half. On this occasion I was very lucky with both, and although I had not done any research on the location, I did know that it had an impressive pier.

Clevedon Pier is a seaside pier in the town of Clevedon, Somerset, England on the east shore of the Severn Estuary. It has been described by Sir John Betjeman, as “the most beautiful pier in England” and was designated a Grade I listed building in 2001.

The pier was built during the 1860s to attract tourists and provide a ferry port for rail passengers to South Wales. The pier is 312 m (1,024 ft) long and consists of eight spans supported by steel rails covered by wooden decking, with a pavilion on the pier head.

The pier opened in 1869 and served as an embarkation point for paddle steamer excursions for almost exactly 100 years. Two of the spans collapsed during stress testing in 1970 and demolition was proposed, but local fund raising and heritage grants allowed the pier to be dismantled for restoration and reassembled. It reopened in 1989, and ten years later was awarded the Pier of the Year from the National Piers Society, and a Civic Trust Award. The pier now, once again, offers a landing stage for steamers and is a popular attraction for tourists and anglers. ~ Wikipedia

As I checked into my hotel for the evening, the ‘Best Western Walton Park’¬†(an old in style but comfortable hotel right on the cliffs with stunning views), and dumped my stuff in the room which looked out over the Bristol Channel/Severn Estuary, I could already tell that there was¬†chance of a good sunset. I quickly grabbed a bite to eat then grabbed my gear and headed out to see what I could capture?

Below are the results of a couple of hours spent on the beach as a very nice sunset evolved. I didn’t venture far from one location so I am sure there are plenty of other viewpoints and tide conditions that could make this a great location to keep visiting?

Clevedon Sunset - I quick stop over in Clevedon, and I was lucky enough to be blessed with a nice sunset. Here you are looking out over the Bristol channel to Wales. The landmark pier also providing some interest to add to the sunset.
Clevedon Sunset – A quick stop over in Clevedon, and I was lucky enough to be blessed with a nice sunset. Here you are looking out over the Bristol channel to Wales. The landmark pier also providing some interest to add to the sunset.
Almost gone - Just as its setting behind the Welsh horizon a passing ship silhouettes itself against the quickly fading sun.
Almost gone – Just as its setting behind the Welsh horizon a passing ship silhouettes itself against the quickly fading sun.
Golden Hour - After the sun had gone, a lovely golden calm arrived. You can really see why they call the hour after the sun has set the 'Golden Hour'...
Golden Hour – After the sun had gone, a lovely golden calm arrived. You can really see why they call the hour after the sun has set the ‘Golden Hour’…

All in all, quite a good night.

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