463 Cove to Naast

[This walk was completed on the 18th May 2022]

I wake up to dark clouds. My bedroom is right under the eaves, and the sound of torrential rain hammering down on the skylights does nothing for my dented confidence. Yesterday was a failure. Will today be a washout?

The rain finally clears in the early afternoon, and – miracle – the sun shines down from a blue sky. With no excuse to delay any longer, I pack my rucksack and hop onto my trusty e-bike (Scooty).

Better late than never. It is nearly 5pm by the time I make it back to the Arctic Convoy memorial at the end of the road.

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462 Cove to somewhere near Rubha Reidh

[This walk was completed on the 17th May 2022]

It’s my first trip back to Scotland for nearly two years. I wake very early to soft sunlight, and take a photo out of the window of my Airbnb studio-apartment. Scotland really is very, very beautiful.

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461pm Barrow Haven to the Humber Bridge

[This walk was completed on the 12th November, 2021]

On the other side of the railway bridge, I’m amazed to see a proper, new, public footpath sign. “Heritage Trail”. Well, Lincolnshire, this is a pleasant surprise. A proper footpath!

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461am Goxhill Haven to Barrow Haven

[This walk was completed on the 12th November 2021]

Before I return to Manchester today, I’m determined to finish the Lincolnshire coast. I park the Beast in a public car park near the station in Barton on Humber, because today I’m catching a train instead of cycling.

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460 East Halton to Goxhill Haven

[This walk was completed on the 11th November 2021]

It is another morning of dithering but, eventually I decide on the logistics of today’s route, which involves a bike ride back to the church at East Halton. With Scooty safely locked up beside the church, I begin today’s walk.

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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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