A hideous night being both wet and wild led us straight into a hideous morning with more of the same. However, by lunchtime it had dried up, the wind had eased a bit and blue skies and sunshine took over – ideal. We made for Anderby Creek and parked up in the free car park just behind the sea bank (there is a seasonal gift shop and cafe here but not open yet) and made our way straight down onto the beach. I though it might be a bit busy as there were quite a few cars in the car park but as you can see ….
This section of the beach is called Moggs Eye, just north of Anderby Creek, with its own little car park. Along the back of the beach, works are underway to improve the sea defences (well I guess that’s what they are doing) but that didn’t detract from our enjoyment.
A short way further along the beach is Huttoft Bank….
And then finally we came to Huttoft Car Terrace, a section of the beach where parking is on the sea side of the sea bank, so great if you like sea watching without getting out of you car! Here there were a few more people about but not so as you would notice – plenty of beach for everyone. Here we decided to turn back as there are some serious looking grey clouds accumulating inland and blowing this way. A last look back at this fabulous stretch of remote beach through the dunes before dashing back to the car ahead of the rain.
No snow just lots and lots of wind and rain, I look at all that blue sky yesterday and wonder if I just dreamt it!
Still at least the beach was deserted so we could make our time out in the elements count.
We had a little bit of a lie in this morning, as when we awoke the gentle pitter patter of rain rain on the roof was not overly encouraging and then hang on a minute that looks distinctly like…..
At this we got up and out pretty sharpish and yes it is snowing! A cold brisk walk along the seafront in the snow – how magical? Sadly it didn’t last and at no point did it even remotely look like settling! That said we were left with a chilly but pretty sun shiny day.
Today we started our walk where we left off yesterday at Chapel Point and walking into the rather brisk and very cold wind headed north along yet another stretch of deserted beach.
This section of beach is Chapel six Marshes and unlike the sections from Seacroft to Chapel St Leonards is not backed by holiday parks! Just wild dune and marshland backs the beach here, so it feels lovely and remote. A quirky viewing structure (The Wind Tower) in the dunes marks the Chapel six Marshes beach.
There are a series of art installations along this stretch of coastline and we shall endeavour to locate them on our way. This one has a floor that tilts when you step inside which then puts you in position to view the beach and also attracts wind noise (to be fair I didn’t go in but am now curious and intend to visit tomorrow).
A mile or so further on we see our next structure – Round and Round.
The structure sits high on the sea bank and then an internal spiral staircase led up to a viewing platform with amazing 360 views forward to Anderby Creek…
Back towards Chapel Point….
And down across the beach….
We continued along the beach to Anderby Creek, just a few beach houses with stunning views.
And this rather unusual Cloud Bar ….
Not a ‘bar’ at all but a viewing platform for cloud gazing with a series of mirrors to help – genius!
What a surprisingly interesting walk along this seemingly remote and totally unspoilt bit of coast – we like. We rejoined the beach to head back the way we came and look forward to exploring the next section tomorrow.
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?
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!