The Golden Sands of Lincolnshire

Skegness to Ingoldmells

During the first week of June I made my first trip the golden sands of the Lincolnshire coast. This is a favourite holiday desitination for many Midland families with most people staying in the many caravans that hide behind the sandbanks that run along the whole of the Lincolnshire coast. Apparently there are 200 caravan sites which have 25,000 caravans between them.

So guess this is the main attractraction. Miles and miles of deep sandy beaches. As long as the weather holds this is a great way to entertain the family with emptying your pockets. The only challenge is that the beaches are joined to the cool North Sea. At times the temperature difference bewteen sea and land produces a cooling sea breeze.

With so many people enjoying the beaches there is always help on hand if things go wrong. Quite a challenge with such as long coast.

To claim proper British seaside town status there has to be a pier. Skegness does have a pier but I’m not sure it would make the top ten in the country.

It surprising how far the caravans stretch from the coast, as much as a mile in places.

And when the beach doesn’t work out there are always the traditional amusements.

During the winter the caost is under constant threat from the North Sea which can be harsh in winter. The sea defences are mainly built sandbanks but in places more solid obstructions are needed like these near Skegness.

With such a long beach there are some nice quiet spaces where people can find there own space to enjoy the great outdoors. However, the times are changing. The view now includes a one billion pound wind farm which has 75 turbines. The bucket is in fact litter which was abandoned on the same day it was bought.

It doesn’t matter where you are on the beach food is nver very far away.

Water management is in evidence along the whole beach. If you take a walk there are many streams sending the water back to the sea. Expect to get your feet wet when you take a beach walk.

This is the North Sea Oberservatory at Chapel St Leonards. The building was a refreshing change from all of the other built areas along the coast. The Observatory is in fact a small room in the building. Most of the space is taken by a cafe.

In Skegness there is a seal sanctury and and aquarium for those days when you need a change from the beach. The seal santury saves around 50 seals every yaer.

And finally, the end of the day.