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!

Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Humberston and Humberston Fitties – what a day!….

Cold but pretty bright and sunny mist of the day. After a rather long and somewhat tedious drive (why are there so many right angle bends on the Lincolnshire roads?) we arrived in Cleethorpes and parked up along the promenade. It was quite pleasant (and busy) walking along the promenade in the (almost) warm sunshine, north towards the pier.

Looking towards the south along South Beach.The tide is high but still a nice beach with some fine sand at the top remains. This is Central Beach.

Beyond the pier is North Beach.

Continuing along the promenade beyond the end of the town which incidentally all looks clean and freshly painted (along the front that is), some ongoing as they prepare for the season ahead. The promenade continues along to Grimsby over a stretch of wasteland, you really do feel that you are entering a different place, ahead a small bit of beach, bearing in mind that the tide is high but also that we are now on the Humber Estuary.

The beach was hosting a party for one, surrounded by wasteland and industrial units, we decided to give it a miss and return to the civilisation of Cleethorpes.

Back along the promenade we walked to the far South Beach.

And beyond where the beach turns to the marshland of Cleethorpes Nature Reserve.

There is a footpath running along the back of this Reserve, but as the sun is getting lower in the sky, we hopped back into the car and drove the short distance to Humberston. Finding a free car park in the middle of a number of holiday parks was a bit of a bonus and a short footpath takes us to Humberston Beach.

What a delightful sandy beach. Still the best was yet to come as we followed the footpath south along a section where the sandy beach was almost completely covered by the tide, though plenty of sandbanks are still exposed.

And here we arrive at Humberston Fitties Beach – what a little treasure…

Quite beautiful with lovely soft white sand.

A real find, though probably a little crowded during the summer months a definite must for a lovely sunny walk like today.

Further south you can see the marshlands of Tetney Haven, these marshlands cover much of the next 14 miles of coastline down to Theddlethorpe where we walked to yesterday.

Just a stroll along the front for us….

A dry and bright morning with a little more cloud in the afternoon but hey the wind has dropped! In fact the offshore wind farm is struggling to muster the energy to move and I guess struggling to generate enough energy to make a cup of tea!!

Poppydog is a bit under the weather today, not sure why maybe too much ‘off roading’ or too much sand? Any how we are going to take it easy today (I am certainly not opposed to the odd ‘day of rest’) and just take a stroll along the promenade.

And gaze out to sea as we walk – perfect.

From Sutton-on-sea to Mablethorpe….

Not such a nice day today, a couple of light showers and lots of grey clouds around, not enough to put us off. We parked up in Sutton-on-sea and joined the promenade heading north. The beach, though not looking as great without the blue skies is still very appealing.

However as it is still a bit drizzly we are going to walk along the promenade to enjoy the varying different designs and states of repair of this seemingly indefinite line of beach huts.

After maybe a mile, the beach huts stop and we are on Trusthorpe Beach.

The promenade is now backed by a grassed sea wall and nothing else visible from the promenade but if you peer over the top (or just simply through a gateway) an ocean of static vans lie on the other side. So perhaps this peaceful stretch of beach will look somewhat different during the summer!

Shortly the beach huts start again as we approach Mablethorpe and one of the first in the line is ‘Eyes wife Shut’ one of the ‘Structures on the Edge’ (like ‘The Cloud Bar’ at Anderby Creek buildings.

When in use the back and front slide open to give views through the front out to sea and out the back over the golf course. The original idea was to invite these art installations to encourage beach hut owners to spruce up their huts – I would say with limited success! And even some of these installations are looking a bit the worse for wear!

And here we are on Mablethorpe Central Beach – looks like it has had regular grooming!

Though this is our turning point today, we took a sneak preview of North End Beach, just beyond Mablethorpe.

We made our way back along the beach – Poppydog staying on her lead with ball in mouth (I feel like a day off from sharing a sofa with a damp and sandy hound!).

Trusthorpe Sands…

A 5 mile stroll, mostly in the dry.