It's been several years since the dawn of this bloglet, and I've deliberately avoided jumping onto the Coastal Holiday bandwagon. However, a large proportion of the visitors to Horncastle are either on their way to the seaside, or going out for a daytrip at somepoint in their Wolds adventure. It's arguable where Staycations were born, but the East Coast can't be faraway from tripper's thoughts if they opt for the UK.
Much of the anticipation for adults must come, at least partly, from childhood memories of colour, warmth, family, friendship and adventures amongst the dunes.
The old seaside resorts in Britain are pretty poverty stricken and difficult to live around full-time. This means the shops have tweaked their prices accordingly, and chains such as Lidl, Morrisons, Yorkshire Trading & Poundland are readily available to the Daytripper out to pick up a bargain. Many Horncastrians can be seen in them, whilst the Co-Ops in Horncastle stand empty most of the time, testament to shortsighted planning and over-enthusiastic coporations who think that small town UK is there to be extorted.
I usually alight at the Pier, and head straight for a coffee and a banana at Cheryl's Kiosk, in the open air, surveying the sea and beaches.
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Life's A Beach
I don't partake much of intoxification, consumerism, programming or gluttony, so alot of my time is spent around the beach. It's a pretty spiritual experience on quieter days, and after a walk North half a mile, there's an ice cream van parked on the North Shore boat ramp. A bit further brings the Winthorpe area where many mining kids spent their hols. Further still is Ingoldmells and the Butlins / Fantasy Island area which can be a bit of a peach beach in the summer hols.
"...Stalking time for the Moonboys..."
(THIS IS NOT A NASA APOLLO IMAGE)
Another way of visiting the town is to come for a scheduled event. I can remember visiting with Heanor Town FC and spending the morning on the beach before going to the match in the afternoon, as this intrepid Blogger did.
Skegness still had an undeveloped Richmond Dv area, that were old railway sidings; some 2nd World War pillbox placements along the seawall; overgrown blackberry areas next to footpaths, and I remember we explored all of these and ended up getting advice from the RNLI balloon tyred Land Rover, as the tide turn back in the 70's gave rise to quicksands in places.
Having experienced the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, Baltic and Irish oceans and seas, I must say Skegness is probably one of the homeliest and safest towns with the North Sea never failing to invigorate. Bracing, as the Jolly Fisherman would say, speaking of which....
Skegness in Winter
Wolds Snow Album
A Skegness Day-Trip
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Visit from the Baltic States via
Finnlines To Hull.