Knightstone Island


Coastal Path
Not really a path but this part of the sea-front in Weston-super-Mare is always good for an HDR photograph, especially when the sun is setting. You can find this pathway on Knightstone Island.From this pathway you descend some steps and cross the Marine Lake causeway which gets flooded during some of the high tides experienced at weston-super-Mare

Marine Lake was once an open pebbly bay with Knightstone Island to the south. Medicinal baths were built on the island and a causeway linked the island to the town. The lake was created in the 1920s, so the tide was always in.

Marine Lake has long been an important Weston-super-Mare seaside attraction but it has not always looked as it does today. Originally known as Glentworth Bay it had a pebble and shingle beach, swept twice a day by the tide. Weston has the second highest tidal range in the world.

The first medicinal baths and lodging house were built on Knightstone Island in 1820 and four years later a low causeway was constructed to the island. The eminent Bristol physician Dr Edward Long Fox purchased the island in 1828. He built improved baths and an access road high enough to remain above all tide levels.

When day trippers arrived during a low tide they were sometimes disappointed at not being able to have a dip or a paddle. The problem was solved in 1928 when a causeway was constructed between Knightstone and Claremont. Glentworth Bay became Marine Lake with what was known as Little Sands, where the tide remained in all day long.

The lake became hugely popular. It had a bandstand, diving stage, slides, bathing tents and boating. Sluice gates and a winched shovel did their best to remove the silt which built up on the bottom.

Further improvements were made in 1937 with the addition of an Art Deco colonnaded walkway, changing rooms, and music pavilion. A visit to the seaside was now a much more relaxed affair than in Victorian times.

A severe storm in December 1981 caused a great deal of damage to large parts of the North Somerset coast. Marine Lake’s walkway was destroyed, as were many of the other seafront leisure facilities.

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