Tuesday 5 May 2015
Chapel St Leonards to Saltfleet
The Crown Inn
Welcome to civvy street! Today is my first as a civilian/veteran/pensioner. I am officially retired/unemployed/on a career break. (Angie, it’s official, you can no longer call me Ma’am!)
I left Chapel St Leonards before breakfast in order to try and get ahead of the predicted rain. The walk along the beach all the way to Sutton-On-Sea was lovely. I saw 2 seals; one was dead on the shoreline and the other was lying in the surf eating a rather large flat fish of some sort, reminding me I needed breakfast. Just as it started to rain I reached Sandilands and a sign for a cafe. I was straight in for an egg banjo (fried egg sandwich, with sausage) and a coffee; make that 2 coffees while I waited for the rain to pass.
Along this part of the Lincolnshire coast, right through the resorts of Sutton-on-Sea, Trusthorpe and Mablethorpe, are several architect-designed constructions called structures on the edge. Unfortunately I walked past the one that is Britain’s first permanent cloud watching outpost at Anderby Creek, but these are a couple of the others.
There were few establishments open and little to see on a wet and windy Tuesday in May. As the morning became afternoon, the predicted gales arrived and blew each shower away as quickly as I could put my rain jacket on. But boy was it windy. The last few miles took ages and I had to use my walking poles as outriggers to keep me upright, one for when the gust blew and the other side for when it stopped. Despite the gales it was actually quite warm and muggy; I attracted plenty of stares from dog walkers in my shorts and t-shirt.
The last section of today’s walk took me through the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve. A beautiful place that was, like most places, created by man’s interference. This time it was in the 1400s when the Haven was straightened to aid shipping access to the important port of Saltfleetby. This caused extra dunes to be created. The dunes continue to grow as, contrary to the beach depletion further South, here is where the sand from Yorkshire is brought via the effect of longshore drift.
I arrived at my accommodation at 3.15pm only to find the pub didn’t open until 5pm so I walked back to the local supermarket where there was a cafe. That was shut too, as was the other pub in the village. Saltfleet was closed for the afternoon! Saw this sign, maybe it explains a few things.