Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Thursday, 3 June 2010

LINCOLNSHIRE

Lincolnshire is one of those counties where you really have to search out the best places. Much of the county has little to recommend it, other than the superb twisties so much loved by bikers. Unfortunately, police presence can be a bit heavy on the best of them.

BOSTON

Boston is situated near the south-east coast of Lincolnshire, where the River Witham becomes the Haven on its short journey to The Wash. It is an historic and attractive market town which is dominated by the 14th-century St.Botolph's Church whose 271ft high tower, known as 'the Boston Stump', is a landmark for miles around.



GAINSBOROUGH
I've had some good times in Gainsborough (mostly at the Peacock on Corringham Road!).
The most distinctive building is the Old Hall, a superb Medieval manor house, which lies right at the heart of the town. Gainsborough is bisected by the River Trent, which has a tidal bore. OK, so not quite in the league of the Severn Bore, but not bad all the same.






THE HUMBER BRIDGE
The bridge runs from Barton-upon-Humber in Lincolnshire, to Hull in North Humberside. It is the longest single-span suspension bridge in Europe, and saves countless miles, if you're heading up the East Coast.



LINCOLN
The County Town of Lincolnshire (naturally). The Cathedral Quarter sits at the top of a steep hill - in fact one of the roads leading to it is called 'Steep Hill' - and comprises the Cathedral itself, the Castle, and streets of quaint shops and quirky tearooms.
I walked up Steep Hill - won't be doing that again in a hurry!






SCUNTHORPE
Your archetypal British Seaside Town. Only thing I could find worthy of note, was this Art Deco pub.



TORKSEY LOCK
Torksey Lock stands not far from Gainsborough, on the Fossdyke Navigation, which is reputed to be the oldest man-made navigation still in regular use in the country.





WILLINGHAM WOODS

Wiilingham Woods is part of a large complex of Pine Woods which are located East of Market Rasen. It belongs to the Forestry Commission and comprises a large car park and picnic area. It also has a kiosk selling hot/cold drinks and burgers. It's well away from civilization and served by good roads, which is probably why it is used as a meeting place by large numbers of bikers.

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