We started our journey with the intention of staying somewhere in Skegness but by the time we arrived in Lincolnshire, Sutton on Sea had become our stopping point. Why? Our preference is to find somewhere to stay that we can walk from every day. This saves us having to find parking for Horatio, which isn’t always easy. The nearby Skegness’ CLs are either closed or not suited to our needs at this time of the year.
So we looked further up the coastline and hit on Sutton on Sea. We could see plenty of seaside in one direction and the Lincolnshire wolds off in another. So although we hadn’t really done much research, we felt that once we arrived we would find plenty to do.
We aren’t as fit as we usually would be as we’ve had a year off. So we were very much looking forward to mostly flat walking. Just to ease us back into it gently. Also, Ella, our youngest dog went blind suddenly last year and is still getting used to her new situation. Whilst she is adjusting very well, she has also become quite unfit due to the fact that she is no longer zooming around the place at a hundred miles an hour. So we need to take it slow and gentle for her sake.
The first thing that struck us when driving along the roads, almost at our campsite, is that the landscape very much reminds us of the Somerset levels. Flat fields as far as the eye can see, with drainage ditches all around the edges.
We were pretty shattered when we arrived. It’s amazing how sitting in a vehicle for 5 hours can drain the energy from you. So we gave the dogs a nice sedate walk around the fields before settling into an evening of research.
Interesting trivia about the area.
Sutton on Sea is a village in the East Linsey district of Lincolnshire and was Sutton in the Marsh. Situated beside a long sandy beach and is part of the civil parish of Mablethorpe and Sutton.
At very low tides it is possible to see the remains of an ancient mixed forest on the beaches of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea. Submerged by rising sea levels about 3000 years ago. (We didn’t get to see this spectacle as we weren’t beside the sea at low tide.)
Marram Grass has been planted on the beach by the Environment Agency. This is to help stabilise the sand and encourage the formation of dunes. Which will eventually be the first line of sea defence.
There is an easily accessible series of promenades all along the seafront stretching from Mablethorpe to Huttoft Terrace. Used for cycling it is smooth and fantastic for wheelchairs too.
Our original plan was to stay two nights in Sutton on Sea, but we decided to stay three to give us time to properly acquaint ourselves with the town.
The good thing about coming at this time of the year is that we aren’t constantly queuing or dodging in and out of crowds of people. The beach stretches as far as the eye can see and has a stunning rugged beauty with the Off-Shore Wind Farm, just off the coast of Skegness, easily visible in the distance. Our first day on the beach, the weather was grey and brooding. The sea, however, was calm and peaceful. We shared the beach with very few others, mainly dog walkers.
As we’d chosen to walk toward Huttoft Terrace there wasn’t anything overly worthy of comment. We saw a few beach huts, the wind farm in the distance. Walked on a lovely sandy beach with beautiful seashells and one dead starfish scatted along the high tide line.
For us, this was perfection!
We spent our second day walking the promenades from Sandiland to Mablethorpe and back. In all, this walk took us 7 hours. Do bear in mind we stop often to take photos and have a disadvantaged dog with us so we walk much slower than the average person.
As we walked the Promenade we came to an area that was wall to wall holiday parks. We’d done our research and looked on google maps before deciding our route to the beach, so we were aware that holiday parks way outnumber normal residences in the area. It was still awe-inspiring to see it for ourselves. A rather large area of prime seafront, which seemed to stretch from Sutton on Sea all the way to Mablethorpe was static caravans. Each different Park flowed into the next without any obvious distinction between them.
With this in mind, we were struck by how few cafes and amusements we saw along the route and initially wondered if mobile vendors set up shop on the sand in the summer. In fact, once we reached Mablethorpe, we found this on a notice board:-
“Sutton on Sea offers the visitor an amusement arcade free area, with local produce shops along the High Street and well laid out gardens and colonnade with bowling green, tennis and paddling pool as well as cafes and places to relax.”
Quite amazing really. In an area where tourism would seem to be its main source of income. Yet it hasn’t given into the trappings of seafront amusements, tat shops and cafes. Mablethorpe however, does have amusements on its seafront.
What is in abundance all along the route are beach huts. Much to Nik’s everlasting joy. 90% of the photos from the day consist of all shape, size and colour beach huts. We probably should have counted them all as we passed them but, honestly, if we’d started we’d have lost count when something else distracted us.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but once we had walked both ways along the beach it was time to move on.
Sadly we are leaving Lincolnshire a week earlier than planned as we were unable to find open CLs as it’s still early in the season for most. And as we’d rather not chance it with the parking, staying on the big sites in this area isn’t viable. We will be back, at a later time of year. We know there is lots to do and see in this county and we’re determined not to miss out.
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