Chasing seagulls at Ingoldmells….

A rather nice sunny day, still a tad chilly but the wind has dropped for a while at least. A bit of a domestic day for us today making the most of the fine weather to de-sand the van and do a bit of washing. All done, we set off for a walk along the beach. North of Seathorne, the beach is backed by the huge Butlins Holiday Park which is all fenced in with only one access point and though there appear to be plenty of people in the holiday park they don’t appear to be beach types and so we have the beach to ourselves.

And poppydog gets to do what she likes best, run free and chase seagulls…

This one in particular was definitely ‘playing’ staying up above but never too far away….

One happy, wet and sandy hound….

Oh well it wouldn’t be right to have the van stay sand free for too long!

Couldn’t resist another photo of Seathorne – we shall miss this view….

Dodging the showers with a brisk walk to Ingoldmells…

Windy, showery, sunny a bit if everything for us today. We have decided not to venture far so we take a brisk walk along the promenade to Ingoldmells. Enjoying the dramatic skies above Seathorne.

Enjoying the emptiness of Ingoldmells Beach for Poppydog to let off some steam chasing seabirds.

And back along the promenade to moody Seathorne again….

A couple of hours and 5 miles is enjoyable and enough!

A walk around Gibraltar Point….

A mostly grey day with a fresh breeze for us today. We have decided to take a walk around Gibraltar Point (Wildlife Nature Reserve) and are soon at the Gibraltar Point Beach Car Park £2 for 2 hours – don’t like paying but as we discovered last time, walking along the beach is not an option as you have to cross a wide stream – so here we are.

The car park is about half a mile walk across the Reserve to the beach.

The whole area is a mix of low dunes, marshland and ponds, a haven for wildlife and birds (many just migrating through).

Out on the beach, just sand as far as you could see – back towards Seacroft….

And forward (south) towards Gibraltar Point….

Being a Nature Reserve, it is leads on for Poppydog, which is a bit of a shame particularly as we didn’t see any flocks of birds, just the odd gull. She could still run around in circles so all was not lost. After a mile or so we arrived at the Point, looking out across miles of sand and mudflats…

Oh yes and Norfolk just visible on the other side of the Wash. On the way back, part way along the beach, we found the footpath leading us to the visitor centre.

Unfortunately the Visitor Centre was already closed for the day – ah well we are only mildly curious, and so we made our way back to the car along an inland footpath.

Back to Chapel six Marshes for a run around….

A pretty wild night keeping us more awake than we would like but followed by a reasonably sunny day – still a bit breezy but sunny. We decided to pop back to Chapel six Marshes for a proper look at the Wind or Sound Tower.

Now the inside is supposed to tilt to line the viewing windows to line up – well it didn’t tilt but they did line up!

And wow what a lovely view to the north (above), straight ahead….

And to the south….

It is also supposed to attract the wind and create sounds – well it didn’t do that either! Maybe the wind is blowing in the wrong direction? Shame as it is a fascinating structure. Still whilst we are here we might as well venture down onto the beach, as it is surprisingly quiet, for some exercise.

Poppydog was soon tearing around alternately chasing tennis balls or gulls, whichever catch her eye.

We didn’t walk far as we have done this stretch before, just enjoyed our little patch of quietness.

Until a dirty great black cloud came along to ruin our fun and cut short our stay – we just made it back to the car in time for it to start lashing down.

Back on site only a few miles down the coast not the merest hint of any rain!! I love how the weather is so incredibly localised, along the coast and how you can often see it coming, even if you can’t always get out of its way!!

A walk along the beach to Skegness….

A grey day, chilly but dry though we have no plans to venture far. I am still trying to get caught up on this blog as I missed quite a lot of posts at the end of last years travels and beginning of this – I’d also be quite interested to know just how many beaches we have seen up to now? Will let you know when I do. So we opted for a walk along the promenade to Skegness and back along the beach (the tide is just turning).

Today the pier was open (it might be a weekend thing though it does appear that one by one things are opening up for the season ahead) so we wandered along it to get a look at the Central Beach above and North Shore below….

We made our way back along the beach, though Poppydog was stuck on her lead as there were plenty of others about and not enough beach to keep our distance. She can be such a menace if she thinks others are having more fun than her!

A fine afternoon walk, now back to work!