- Tower Amusements -
Monday 24th March: The journey across to Skegness was subject to the vagaries of the sat-nav, which might explain why ended up seeing more of Newark and Sleaford than we'd anticipated. I should also note that having the thing telling us "there is a traffic event on your route" is only so helpful when you have been marooned in the said traffic event (in this case A453 road widening near Nottingham) for the best part of half an hour already!! We still arrived at our base for mid-afternoon and soon got reacquainted with the Skegness seaside atmosphere down by the Pier and the Pleasure Beach.
- St James' Church, Louth -
Tuesday 25th March: The first full day of our break and the morning is spent in Mablethorpe, retracing our steps from 2009 by visiting the chalet park (still a complete timewarp) and sampling the lunchtime carvery in The Beck pub. Mablethorpe has retained the cheap and cheerful outlook I remember from before and seems good value, particularly for young families. Come the afternoon we head on over to Louth, a fascinating market town where I enjoyed discovering landmarks like the Playhouse cinema and St James Parish Church complete with its towering spire.
- Steep Hill -
Wednesday 26th March: Further historical delights await as we visit Lincoln itself. Things don't look that promising to begin with as the city's bus station is a dark and dreary eyesore, but things do improve with the Brayford Waterfront, an attractive marina area with boats, bars and restaurants. After lunch we climb the enchantingly-cobbled Steep Hill (previously voted the Best Street in Britain ) and admire the majesty of Lincoln Cathedral, even saying hello to Alfred Tennyson's statue on the Cathedral Green. The ascent is rewarded with an ale in the Strugglers Inn, a lovely traditional pub on Westgate where every available inch of wallspace is covered with a pumpclip. Our circuit is completed with views of Lincoln Castle before we have the much easier task of heading downhill back to the car park.
- Chapel St Leonards Bus Station -
Thursday 27th March: Our final full day in Lincolnshire and we decide to stay relatively local to Skegness, taking a short ride up the coast to Chapel St Leonards and passing scores of caravan parks en route. The village itself is only small and somewhat sedate with a triangular green, a clutch of shops and a prominent bell feature. The bus station (which is really only a single shelter) comes in handy for shots of the number 1 and 9 buses, then the afternoon is spent dodging the rain by watching T20 cricket back at base. All too soon the holiday is over and Friday will see us travelling home, but I think the combination of relaxation and exploration has done me the power of good!