Saturday, 4 September 2010

Skegness Holiday.

Bank holiday August saw us out on the bikes again - this time on holiday to Skegness. I hasten to add this was all Angela's idea, who had set herself a challenge to cycle to Skegness (around 80 miles all told) in a day. Having decided to make the most of it we booked in at the Royal Hotel on South Parade for the Saturday and Sunday nights and then arranged to come back home by train on Monday afternoon.
We set out early on Saturday and followed he usual route to Newark. At Newark, disappointed to find the Cafe in the precinct we normally stopped at had now closed we instead turned to the Morrisons oppposite for sustanance. Cup of tea, slice of cake and a sandwich later we were back on our way towards Coddington and through Stapleford wood to Navenby - effectively the last climb of the down. From Navenby, it's downhill all the way!
Making good speed along the straight roads of the Lincolnshire Fens we soon reached Woodall Spa, our next refuelling stop. The weather had turned slighly by now, and , although not caught in any downpours yet we did manage to avoid a fairly heavy shower whilst lunching at a delightful little tea-shop/cafe on Woodall Spa High Street.
Woodall Spa is over half way to Skeggy from our starting point and we had so far made a good speed of about 16 mph. Encouraged by our endeavors so far we set out on a puddle strewn highway for the final destination.
The last part of the journey is, after the squiggly bit around Coningsby, once again, impossibly straight roads and flat, flat countryside. The views across the Fens where wide and spectacular and the little villages on the way were sometimes interesting and pretty, and sometimes mundane.
The final lurch into Skegness, fueled by the anticipation of seeing the sea got us there around 1700 hours, resulting in an average speed of over 15mph, which, we both reckoned was quite respectable.
The Royal Hotel is Skegness is quite a find but that's another story...

Tuxford

This is a very late entry, but, after our successful ride to Skegness last week-end I have begun to ponder a route to York. The last time I cycled to York was in about 2000 with the CTC and I barely remember the route. What I do remember however is that we went through Tuxford and Bawtry. Consequently I thought I would just jot down a quick note about the route from Nottingham to Tuxford and mention something about the wonderful working windmill that you can find there.
We cycled to Tuxford sometime in May. The start of the journey was fairly well known to us - basically through Burton Joyce along the Thurgaton road to Southwell and then on, through Southwell and past Hockney and the legendary housing project. After a thankfully brief spin along the A617 we turn off, back on to country lanes, to Winkburn and over the slight incline on top of which is a look-out point from which you can see Lincoln Cathedral. Onwards to Laxton, with it's ancient strip field system, lovely pub and museum and then to Tuxford with it's refurbished working Windmill and Tea shop.