A life less complicated

Having reached a crossroads in my life I am choosing to step off the treadmill that is my busy life and take time out to travel.  On October 5th 2017 I set off with my Springer Poppy in our motorhome (subsequently swapped for a caravan) ‘freedombird’ initially to explore the remote beauty of the UK coastline and then – well let’s see……

We are compiling a beach guide on our way round: Freedombird UK Beach Guide

To catch up with our earlier adventures in:

  1. Cornwall from 5th October 17 to 11th February 18 –   Freedombird in Cornwall
  2. Devon from 11th February to 19th March 18 – Freedombird in North Devon
  3. Somerset from 19th March – 29th April 18 – Freedombird in Somerset
  4. South Wales from 29th April – 14th August 18 – Freedombird in South Wales
  5. West and North Wales from 14th August – 21st October 18 –


Ingoldmells to Chapel St Leonard….

Cold but with plenty of sunshine about and only a spot or two of rain, so no complaints here. Today we are heading slightly north and after finding a scruffy little car park (free until 1st March and I certainly wouldn’t have paid for the privilege!) behind the dunes part way between Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards we joined the promenade. We walked south to Ingoldmells Point where we joined the deserted beach.

The sand is coarse and quite hard going under foot above the tide line, but still too wet where the sand is purer, so we’ll manage. We about turned at Ingoldmells and set off back towards Chapel Point.

The beach is quite deep here with a series of low dunes before reaching the promenade and behind that a mound of sea defences and then acres and acres of holiday parks. A bit of an eye opener to realise just how many people must holiday in these holiday parks – I wonder if the beaches all get busy or as I imagine just in clusters around the scattered beach bars? For today though there is just us and a few offshore wind turbines and we are definitely enjoying better weather!

A row of beach huts and the North Sea Observatory heralds our arrival at Chapel Point and the end of this 3 mile stretch of beach.

Time to turn back and complete this 6 mile walk if I can remember which cut through leads us to the car?

Walking along the beach from Seacroft to Gibraltar Point…..

A fair bit of sun around today and thankfully less wind, though it is still a tad chilly! Today we drove to the other side of Skegness (the town centre is definitely not worth a visit!) to the rather posh Seacroft. Consisting of some obscenely large houses and a rather surprisingly rough looking golf course running behind an area of low dunes (rather soggy at the moment) and a vast stretch of empty sand.

It really was empty, I guess because you have to walk a distance to get to it? We set off southwards away from Skegness and we’re soon lost in our own world with not a soul or man made structure (excepting the offshore wind farm) in sight – how fab?

Across the Wash we could just make out an outline of the Norfolk Coast and behind us just a limitless stretch of sand.

After a couple of miles, the beach opened up even further as we approached Gibraltar Point.

But unfortunately our progress was halted by a rather muddy stream running through the dunes just before reaching the Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve and so instead of returning via the Nature Reserve we made our way back along the (still) deserted beach.

Luckily we just made it back to the car, completing a 7 mile round trip, just ahead of a serious rain and hail downpour!

A walk along the seafront to Skegness….

A little fed up today – have spent the last 4weeks in Yorkshire mainly to walk the coastline but my visit was timed in the hope that I would experience some proper snow but not a flake to be seen – what is it doing in most of Yorkshire today? Yes snowing! We, in the meantime had to put up with steady rain through the night and most of the morning – how mean!

Still we did manage another long walk along the beach, this time in the direction of Skegness.

Even though the beach was mostly deserted, the wind was blowing the sand up into our faces so it was in fact preferable to walk along the coastal path just alongside the beach to Skegness. What can I say about the seafront at Skegness? A wide unattractive (but useful) concrete promenade backed by a fairly tatty looking funfair and various other ‘Amusements’ – I didn’t take any photos as it wasn’t very inspiring (apologies to anyone who lives there) but with miles and miles of coarse sand to enjoy – who am I to complain.

Skegness Pier in the distance

At the end of the promenade, beyond the Lagoon, we cut across the sand to the seas edge and with the wind on our backs, Poppydog got her freedom.

Heading further south Seacroft Sands stretch as far as the eye could see and we shall look forward to exploring those another day. For now though we shall potter our way back along the waters edge, Poppydog chasing gulls and me? Well just enjoying the moment!

As we approach Seathorne the sky brightens, though a little late in the day for us to enjoy.

Moving down across the Humber to Skegness….

Well thankfully the wind appears to have died down for a bit and the Humber Bridge is open to all vehicles again so after a damp pack up we are off. A bit of rain on the way but once we were in site of the bridge the sun came out and the rest of our journey across the Wolds was delightful. It was so glorious that I even considered getting my shorts out when we arrived – that is until I got out of the car when we arrived! Sunny it may be, warm it is not!

After setting up we were keen to get out onto the beach, only about 50 yards through the site to the promenade (though our view from the van is interrupted by the ‘Derbyshire Miner’s Convalescence Home’ looking somewhat forlorn and abandoned now which stands between us and the sea).

Walking along the promenade away from Skegness the beach was empty.

This section of the long sandy shore that runs from Cleethorpes in the north down to the Wash in the south is called Seathorne, being the seaside bit of Winthorpe an outer area of Skegness. Crossing the area of low dunes out to the sea, Poppydog was free to run and run…

For an hour and a half we just lost ourselves, enjoying the sunshine, the seemingly limitless empty beach and the crashing waves. For Poppydog there was the added excitement of ‘Seagull chasing’ – aah Poppydog Heaven….

A walk from Robin Hood’s Bay….

A bit of sunshine around this morning but it didn’t last long and greyness was the order of the rest of the day.  Today we are off to explore the coastline between Scarborough and Whitby, parking up at Whitby Abbey, we start our walk southwards along the lane.  After about a mile we follow a footpath to the cliffs and get our first look down on Saltwick Bay.We didn’t go down onto this beach as we have a fair bit of ground to cover today and instead we walk along the coastal path back to the car.  From here we travel a couple of miles south to Robin Hood’s Bay.An attractive cliff side village, with narrow windy cobbled streets leading down to the sea.  It was busy with holiday makers (half term) enjoying the gift shops and cafes and making the most of the free parking.  Parking at the top of the village we made our way down to the sea.The tide though on it’s way out is still quite high and the little bit of exposed sand was pretty busy.We clambered up a lot of steps to follow the coastal path along the cliff top (erosion is very evident) leaving the crowds behind and after lots more steps both up and down we arrived at Boggle Hole.Not much beach to be seen but at low tide you san walk all the way along from Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar some 3 miles further down the coast.  Up yet more steps we were rewarded with our first sight of daffodils in bloom this year.Still more steps (I have a feeling I shall be feeling rather stiff later!) lead us back down to Stoupe Beck Sands, a lovely quiet sandy beach.After a quick play on the beach we started to make our return following a series of footpaths (no steps!) across country to Robin Hood’s Bay in rather unwelcome and chilly light rain. 
We are fast losing the light but have just one final visit to make, Ravenscar.We couldn’t really see the beach as it was a fair walk down from the road and is only accessible at low tide but this was our view with Robin Hood’s Bay in the distance – it is getting dark – we shall have to come back another day!
Just over 9 miles walked today and it feels like it!