I had a yen for the sea but as I’d chosen the past few places to visit, I left it to the poet. But when he couldn’t decide, I suggested the seaside. And so off we toddled to our nearest coastal town, Cleethorpes.
The plan was to drop by the tourist information centre and buy an Ordnance Survey map of the area and a booklet of walks. The lovely ladies there were delighted to let us bring in the dog and even had gravy bones for him!
They didn’t have any OS maps, and they didn’t have any walk booklets for sale either. But they did have some free leaflets on local walks. So we collected an armful and dragged the dog away from all the attention.
We did have about half an hour in the town, to use the facilities and have a wander. But then off we went to Tetney Lock, on the way to Mablethorpe. We parked up at the Crown & Anchor public house, where the landlord kindly allows walkers to leave their cars.
We had our picnic in the car, saving the fruit for later. Then we walked back along the lane and joined the towpath alongside the Louth Navigation canal.
We had 3 walks to choose from, 4 miles, 5½ miles and 7 miles. It was already early afternoon, though, so we decided on the 4-mile walk, hoping to see the 2 sea-forts and some birdlife in the nature reserve.
The water level was quite low, considering how much rain we’ve had lately. But the canal is tidal and the tide was out when we got there.
We were a bit disappointed not to get closer to the sea-forts, but the path is lined with WWII bunkers and pill-boxes.
Our path cut off behind this one in the picture on the left and we continued along the sea bank for about a mile.
Here’s another of the WWII bunkers, but this time you can see one of the sea-forts in the background. That’s how far away we were, but it still felt very atmospheric and was nice to see.
We could have carried on to the yacht club, but that’s the 7-mile walk and we were already losing the light. But I think we both could have done it, as our fitness does seem to be improving.
Instead, we crossed a foot-bridge over the canal and turned back towards our start.
The route passed by the site of an old farm, now flattened, and emerged beside some private dwellings.
One of the locals had very thoughtfully left a very large bowl of water out for dogs, so Rufus had a nice big drink.
By the time we reached this part of our walk again (above), that water level had risen almost to the level of the concrete and we couldn’t see the weirs any more.
We had a lovely, bracing walk, our cheeks felt rosy from the sea air, and we did see some birdlife on our way around – little egrets, brent geese, and even a hawk. The dog was able to run off his lead and we did meet other walkers on the path. And, of course, I got to see the sea. 🙂
So we’re going to go again and do the 5½-mile walk next time, and go a little earlier, straight there.
My MapMyWalk hasn’t been working properly on my phone. We’re not seeing the maps until I’ve saved and shared the route. So I downloaded it to the poet’s phone, and it worked perfectly.
Thinking perhaps I had an older version, I deleted it from my phone and reinstalled it. But it still didn’t work properly. I still didn’t see the terrain map and at the end of the walk it listed our calories burned as 0.
According to the poet’s phone, then, we walked 4.29 miles and we burned 574 calories.