Thursday, 28 July 2011


As Jim Eastwood would say from The Apprentice (see blog #22) – the Vista Mar is what it says on the tin... a view of the sea!
But not only views of the North Sea, but also the pier at Saltburn – which extends for 1250ft and is horizontal in nature. You can walk out to the sea and you can walk back... without climbing a step!

More pier verbiage I’m afraid as the blog concerning the vertical pier at nearby Redcar caused quite a stir (see blog #23). Seems some people are in favour and some very much against, from the feedback gained the other day.

What is a pier? Here is one definition:-      

A pier is a raised structure, including bridge and building supports and walkways, over water, typically supported by widely spread piles or pillars. The lighter structure of a pier allows tides and currents to flow almost unhindered, whereas the more solid foundations of a quay or the closely-spaced piles of a wharf can act as a breakwater, and are consequently more liable to silting. Piers can range in size and complexity from a simple lightweight wooden frame to major structures extended over a mile out to sea -

The definition speaks for itself, surely? What the local authority of Redcar and Cleveland are proposing doesn’t sound very much like a pier (still to be named – what about The Phallus? - – rather it is something quite different. I’m traditional, so if I’m ever minded to promenade pier-wise locally, I’m going to Saltburn! How can you go fishing off a pier when you are stuck 80ft aloft? That's an almighty fishing line you'll need!

Saltburn was voted National Piers Society 'Pier of the Year' in 2009. Good for them! The pier is also serviced by one of the few remaining funiculars in the world - only a handful now exist.

A summary review of other piers globally – the Shorncliffe Pier in Brisbane, the Urangan Pier in Queensland, Pier #39 in San Francisco and De Pier in Blankenberge, Belgium are proudly associated with their communities and boringly horizontal in design.     

Build it and they will come?” Remains to be seen...

Vista Mar      
Saltburn Bank
North Yorkshire
TS12 1HH
Tel: 01287 623771

1 comment:

  1. Really Paul, just to say they(F's) are rare, that's a bit much! What about Bridgenorth, Hastings and Linton/Linmouth but to mention 3 that I've been to in the last few years? But to the gret untravelled I expect they know not of any!


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