459 Immingham to East Halton

[This walk was completed on the 10th November, 2021]

I set off in the morning with a clear plan. I am going to cycle to Immingham and then walk to the northernmost tip of the Lincolnshire coast, following the coastal footpath.

But I end up wasting the whole morning, before eventually parking The Beast in Immingham, and pushing my bike along an entirely different route.

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458pm Grimsby to Immingham

[This walk was completed on the 9th November 2021]

The river bank stretches ahead. Immingham Docks – which I could see from the very beginning of the bank – don’t seem any nearer.

I pass a strange little concrete box. Is it a WW2 defence box? A type of pill box? If so, I’ve never seen one that looks like this before. It could also be a bus shelter, I suppose, but unlikely as this isn’t a road. A bird hide?

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458am Grimsby to Immingham

[This walk was completed on the 9th November 2021]

I’m staying in a weird hotel in a little place called North Killingholme. There is no direct bus route from here to Grimsby, but I have a cunning plan. I will drive to Immingham, a nearby village, and catch the bus from there.

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457 pm Cleethorpes to Grimsby

[This walk was completed on the 10th September 2021, apologies for the delay in writing up]

Welcome to Cleethorpes Seafront. But is it the sea, or is it an estuary? I really get the feeling that Cleethorpes sits on the dividing line between estuary and coast, much as Whitstable does in Kent.

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457 am Tetney Lock to Cleethorpes

[This walk was completed on the 10th September 2021, apologies for the delay in writing up]

I’m staying in a hotel in Grimsby and, in order to avoid a long bike ride down busy roads, I decide to catch the bus to Cleethorpes. Unfortunately, the bus soon fills up with hordes of chatty teenagers on their way to school. Only one single girl on the bus has the courtesy to wear a mask.

So I spend the journey in a state of high anxiety, and am relieved when the girls got off at their stop. I get off near the “Pleasure Island” in Cleethorpes, and watch the bus leave.

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456pm Donna Nook to Tetney Lock

[This walk was completed on the 9th September, 2021]

I approach the gate with some anxiety. Will I have to turn back and complete this walk by trudging along roads? No! Thank goodness. It’s not a public right of way, but the sign says it’s a Permissive Footpath.

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456am Donna Nook to Tetney Lock

[This walk was completed on the 9th September, 2021]

There is still a red flag flying at Donna Nook. I leave my Scooty bike chained up to a fence post in the long grass at the edge of the overflow carpark. In the absence of an obvious hiding place, I decide leaving it in plain view is the best option.

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455b Saltfleet to Donna Nook

[This walk was completed on the 8th September, 2021]

I’ve reached a dead end. In front of me, the sea wall continues, but apparently there is no way through to Donna Nook.

To my right, a track leads towards the sea. But this is MOD property and there is no access when the red flags are flying. I can’t pretend I haven’t seen the red flags.

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455a Saltfleet to Donna Nook

[This walk was completed on the 8th September, 2021]

I’m back in Lincolnshire and making the most of a few days of fine September weather. But, when I park The Beast in the car park, at Donna Nook, I’m alarmed to see a red flag flying over the dunes.

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454 pm to Saltfleet

[This walk was completed on the 20th August, 2021]

I leave the wide beach behind, and follow a path over the dunes, to where it joins a farm track. On the way, I pass several warning signs about unexploded ordinances and the danger area I’m leaving.

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