Latest Entries »

The holiday-makers who flocked to this coast during the hot summer months have departed. From late October through to December, and into early January, the Lincolnshire coast is relatively deserted.

The tourists will start return in March, their behaviour similar to that of migrant birds. But until then you can find many deserted spots on this coastline of sandy beaches, dunes and salt-marshes. In November you might be the only human standing on the beach.

The skies are big, and if the sun shines, the bracing winds just add to the feeling of solitude. It’s a great place to wander and feel lost. Search out the isolated beach car parks and just walk.

Saltfleetby and Theddlethorpe dunes stretch away into the distance and are part of a national nature reserve. There tidal sands, mud-flats, salt and freshwater marshes.

The reserve is home to a some important species of plant and animal, such as the Natterjack toad.

Whilst we were there we met a solitary bird photographer. He was showing great interest in a bird bobbing around about 20 yards offshore. It was, he told us, a Slavonian Grebe.

We were impressed, but only found out what it was when we looked it up later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the beach

Cosy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the corner of the Wash is Gibraltar Point, another national nature reserve, offering a variety habitats. It’s easy walking, flat, made up paths.

Low tide

Gibraltar Point yacht club

 

Lil’s hut, an old wartime bunker now in use as a bird hide.

Lil’s hut at Gibraltar Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lincolnshire coast in autumn & winter has much to offer if you’re happy walking and exploring a deserted beaches.

Advertisements

Donna Nook seal colony

Parked up at Donna Nook. Boots on the screen, feet resting.

It was raining heavily when we hit the road, destination Donna Nook. The rain eased as we parked up, and by next morning the sun was shinning brightly. Perfect weather to see hundreds of grey seals at Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast.

Every winter the seals arrive on this small stretch of coast. From the end of October through to the end of December, female seals, cows, give birth to hundreds of seal pups at Donna Nook

Bull seals also come ashore, challenging each other for places in the gullies and channels that cut through the sandbanks and salt-marshes.

Early in January the shore is deserted. The seals just up and leave. So for a chance of seeing the seal colony ashore you have to visit between October and December.

The area is a nature reserve run by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The Trust give a running update on the  number of seals on the reserve.

As well as seals, the reserve also attracts lots of humans, to view the seals. Weekends are particularly busy. Best time to visit is probably during the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Donna Nook – Wikipedia

We are the white camper more or less in the centre of the group of vehicles.

Inside

Which festivals for 2019?

Early days, still looking, but a couple are already definite.

Some links to:

Isle of Wight 13th – 16th June

The Eyes Have It 5th – 7th July

Latitude 18th – 21st July

Tolpudle Martyrs Festival 19th – 21st July

Larmer Tree 19th – 22nd July

Camp Bestival 25th – 28th July

Wilderness Festival 1st – 4th August

Green Man Festival 15th – 18th August

Byline Festival 23 – 26th August

 

Find out where to park your #van for the best fish suppers in Britain.

The number one chippy has yet to be decided, but if you like your fish & chips then any of the ten will do fine.

Source: 10 Best Campsites For Fish And Chips – Campsites – Camping – Out and About Live

Arne

Arne is a village in Dorset which gives its name to a peninsular protruding into Poole Harbour. The peninsular is directly opposite the town of Poole. (see map). The peninsular is home to RSPB Arne.

It has plenty of paths to explore the heaths, coastline and varied habitats, and enjoy the natural beauty of Arne. Although there are many visitors to the area it is still possible to find peace and tranquillity.

The varied habitats are home to dear, reptiles and a variety of birds.

There is car parking at the RSPB centre, and a café, but the point of going to Arne is to explore.

 

 

The shoreline at Shipstall Hill is sandy but probably gets very busy during the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blickling Estate & park, in Norfolk, is managed by the National Trust. It’s a great place to wander aimlessly, enjoying the sights of nature.

Marvel at the stature & structure of the trees. The beauty of the birds. A flashing glimpse of a king fisher. The patience of a hunting heron.

We didn’t get anywhere near seeing it all, some 4600 acres, but that’s a good reason to return.  If you want to know more about the place and what’s going on their, click the link.

Source: Blickling Estate | National Trust

Here are a few of our pictures.

 

 

 

Simon’s Incoherent Blog

Random writings on TV, film and politics

the backwards van

It's not a slow van, it's a fast house

Licenced To Retire

The story of John and Sarah's travel in their motorhome

Love Travelling

Travel diaries providing inspiration for planning the perfect trip

The Margot Diaries

Our van life adventures

Green Life Blue Water

Where Eco Meets Life

%d bloggers like this: